Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker” hit the box office this weekend, and set a new October opening record. The film beat “Venom,” the previous record-holder, which had an $80.2M opening weekend in 2018. “Joker” didn’t have a lot of competition at the box office this weekend, but next week the movie will have to battle “The Addams Family,” “Gemini Man,” and “Jexi.”
“Joker” made $93.5M across 4,374 locations. Todd Phillips directed “Joker,” which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz. The new release pushed Universal Pictures’ “Abominable” down to second-place overall on the domestic charts, but the animated-comedy still brought in $12M across 4,248 locations nationwide. Now in its second week in theaters, the Yeti adventure has made $37.8M domestically. Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman directed “Abominable,” which features the voice talents of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Sarah Paulson, and Eddie Izzard. Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” took third-place with an $8M weekend. The film released in theaters three weeks ago and has already made $73.6M domestically for the studio. Michael Engler directed “Downton Abbey,” which features Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville.
Moving past the top three, the comedy “Hustlers” landed in fourth-place overall with a $6.3M weekend. The comedy now sits with $91M domestic total after four weeks. Lorene Scafaria directed “Hustlers,” which features Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, and Cardi B. “It: Chapter Two,” another hit from Warner Bros. Pictures, took fifth-place with a $5.3M weekend while remaining at 3,163 locations. Now in its fifth week in theaters, the horror-thriller has made over $202M for the studio. Andy Muschietti directed “IT Chapter 2,” which stars Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård.
As I mentioned earlier, the big releases next week are the animated-comedy “The Addams Family” and Will Smith’s “Gemini Man.” Adam DeVine’s “Jexi” is opening in over 2,000 locations, so check your local listings if you’re looking for a comedy. Horror-thriller fans should look for “Parasite,” which opening at the specialty box office next weekend.
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