In the face of three new wide releases, there was no dethroning Joker from the weekend’s top spot as the film not only topped the weekend box office domestically, internationally and worldwide, it has already generated over $543 million globally in just its first twelve days in global release. As for the newcomers, UAR‘s The Addams Family led the way with a solid second place debut while Paramount‘s Gemini Man and Lionsgate‘s Jexi struggled to find an audience. However, one film that didn’t struggle was Neon‘s release of the Palme d’Or winner Parasite, which made an impact in just three theaters this weekend.
With an estimated $55 million, WB‘s Joker easily repeat atop the weekend box office. The thriller dipped just -43% in its sophomore frame, pushing its domestic cume to $192.7 million after just ten days in release, dramatically outperforming pre-weekend expectations. In fact, it’s the largest October second weekend ever, topping Gravity’s $43.2 million sophomore frame back in 2013.
Internationally, Joker delivered on a large scale, bringing in an estimated $123.7 million from 79 markets for an overseas cume that now tops $351 million and a worldwide total that has already reached $543.9 million. This makes the film the ninth largest DC Comics adaptation worldwide ever, currently placing behind Justice League ($657.9m). New openings this weekend included a $10.3 million debut in France and a $9.3 million opening in Germany. The UK is the film’s top grossing overseas market with an estimated total that currently stands at $36.9 million.
Second place is where we find the first of the weekend’s new releases in UAR‘s animated adaptation The Addams Family, which managed to just outperform Mojo‘s pre-weekend expectations, delivering an estimated $30.29 million over the three-day weekend. Opening day audiences gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore with females representing 59% of the opening weekend crowd and 48% of the overall audience was under the age of 17. What will be interesting is to see how the film performs over the coming weeks as it should take advantage of the Halloween season.
Paramount‘s Gemini Man landed in third as the Ang Lee-directed doppelgänger action-thriller starring Will Smith managed just $20.5 million over its first three-days in release. The $138 million production received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Overall, the audience skewed male at 56% with 53% of the overall crowd coming in aged under 30.
Internationally, Gemini Man debuted in five markets last week and expanded to a total of 58 this weekend from which it brought in an estimated $31.1 million for an overseas cume that now totals $39 million. France and Germany, where the film opened last weekend, remain the top markets with comes totaling $5.1 million and $4.5 million respectively. As for the new markets, both Mexico and Russia saw $2.7 million debuts this weekend followed by South Korea and the UK, both opening with $2.2 million. The film has yet to open in Japan or Taiwan, where it will open on October 25.
Universal finished in fourth position with their animated feature Abominable, which brought in an estimated $6.17 million as it enters its third week in release. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $47.9 million. Additionally, the film brought in another $15 million internationally this weekend from 52 markets currently in play for an overseas cume totaling $60.1 million and a worldwide cume that now stands at $108.1 million.
Rounding out the top five is Focus‘s release of Downton Abbey, which is entering its fourth week in release and brought in an estimated $4.9 million, for a domestic cume that now stands at $82.68 million. Internationally the film added another $4.1 million this weekend for an overseas cume totaling $70 million and a worldwide cume that now stands at $152.7 million.
Elsewhere, Lionsgate‘s release of the comedy Jexi debuted in eighth position with an estimated $3.1 million from 2,332 locations.
Outside the top ten, Neon‘s release of Bong Joon Ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite delivered an estimated $376,264 from just three locations in New York and Los Angeles. The film’s $125,421 per theater average was the largest of the year and the largest since 2016’s La La Land and the 18th largest of all-time. Despite the fact the film opened in only three locations, this is the fifth largest opening ever for a Palme d’Or winner, topping The Tree of Life‘s opening in 2011 from four locations.
Next weekend sees the release of a pair of sequels beginning with Disney‘s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opening in 3,700 locations alongside Sony‘s Zombieland 2: Double Tap, debuting in 3,400 theaters. In addition to the wide releases, Fox Searchlight will release Jojo Rabbit and A24 will debut The Lighthouse, both in limited release.
via Box Office Mojo
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