Last weekend Warner Bros, found themselves with a smash hit and potential Oscar favorite with “Joker” breaking several October records in its debut. For its second weekend “Joker” had to fend off competition from three newcomers putting its staying power to the test. With “The Addams Family”, “Gemini Man” and “Jexi” looking to make an impact in a crowded October were they able to provide sufficient competition for “Joker” or was DC’s and WB’s monster hit too much for them to bear? Let’s find out in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
“Joker” did indeed repeat as many expected earning $55 million in its sophomore weekend dipping less than 50 percent. Now at over $192.7 million domestically after ten days “Joker” is outperforming most expectations and adds another record to its credit with the largest second weekend ever in the month of October surpassing “Gravity” from 2013. “Joker” added another $123.7 million from overseas markets bringing its worldwide total to just about $544 million. In only two weekends is has become the ninth largest DC Comics adaptation in worldwide gross.
The competition made up the next two movies as United Artists Releases animated “The Addams Family” movie overperformed with a $30.29 million domestic take to finish second on the weekend. Despite relatively negative reception from critics the film earned respect from theatergoers and promises to see an interesting run having been released just in time for Halloween. I was unable to see this animated feature for myself due to time constrains but I may give it a shot in the near future. The movie I did give a chance this weekend was “Gemini Man”. After over two decades in development hell this Ang Lee-directed and Will Smith-led action thriller scored an underwhelming $20.5 million opening in the United States. With a reported $138 million production price tag “Gemini Man” is off to a slow start and critical reviews aren’t helping. I personally wasn’t a fan of the picture and you can read my review here. “Abominable” finished in fourth while “Downton Abbey” continue to show its staying power in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were “Hustlers”, “Judy”, and “It: Chapter 2” in sixth through eighth respectively before the final new entry of the weekend, “Jexi”, debuts in ninth. The smartphone-themed comedy failed to draw much attention and was dead on arrival with a $3.1 million debut. “Ad Astra” rounded out the top ten while the critically lauded South Korean foreign language picture “Parasite” made an impressive debut in thirteenth after showing in only three theaters. With a $376,264 take “Parasite”, which is poised to contend for best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, earned the largest per-theater average of the year so far and the fifth largest opening for a Palme d’Or winner. This coming weekend “Joker” will face some tough competition that will likely end its winning streak as the long awaited “Zombieland: Double Tap” and Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will hit the big screen. They’ll be joined by a pair of niche films in limited release, “Jojo Rabbit” and “The Lighthouse”. We will see how these newcomers do this time next week.