Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This week, we saw a major surprise comeback at the box office, as Disney’s latest live-action remake fell off its throne to make way for the clown prince of Warner Bros.
This Week’s Top Earner – ‘Joker’
It’s already been out for a full month, but Joker is still on top of the box office in more ways than one. It climbed back up to #1 on the charts with $18.9 million domestically, and its worldwide numbers are looking even more sinister. Joker has made $849 million worldwide, which means it could very well hit $1 billion by the end of its run. And that’s without any international numbers boosted by a release in China.
Also, it’s official. Joker is now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time worldwide, ahead of both Deadpool movies and the first chapter of It. The film is still a bit further down the list in terms of the domestic box office, but it could easily reach #1 in North America sometime in November.
Second Place – ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’
Despite dropping to #2, Disney has good reason not to feel all that bad about the Maleficent franchise. The film only dropped 50% in its second week domestically with $18.5 million. But the real winner here is the film’s performance overseas, which pushed Mistress of Evil to a sizable $293.5 million worldwide.
The chances of a third Maleficent might not be all that likely from a creative standpoint, and the sequel is still underperforming by a large margin compared to its predecessor, which grossed $758.5 million in 2014. But if these numbers keep improving, Disney might see just enough room to greenlight another sequel to their live-action franchise going forward.
And Third – ‘The Addams Family’
In similar fashion to Joker, The Addams Family (United Artists) leapt over one of last week’s new releases to win #3 at the domestic box office. It made $11.7 million this weekend after gaining theaters and dropping just 28%. The animated film is proving to have average momentum for a film of this genre, and it’s already more than doubled its estimated $40 million budget with $84 million worldwide. That’s altogether spooky good news for the animation arm of MGM, which is already planning a sequel for 2021.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
Three new wide releases debuted on the Top 10 this week, and the most successful out of all of them was Countdown, a new horror film from STX with a reported budget of $15 million. The film opened at #5 with $9 million domestically, losing out to Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony), which fell one spot to #4 after a sharp 57% drop.
At #6 is Black and Blue (Sony), another new wide release. It made $8.3 million domestically, just a few million away from its reported budget of $12 million. The last debut of the Top 10 is The Current War: Director’s Cut (101 Studios), which surprisingly landed at #9 despite playing in only 1,022 theaters—the second smallest amount of theaters for a movie out on this week’s chart.
The film with the smallest amount of screens on the Top 10 was The Lighthouse (A24), which expanded its limited release to nearly 600 screens in North America for $3 million, placing it at #8. That’s just a million short of Gemini Man (Paramount) at #7, which has been performing below expectations since its release three weeks ago.
Last, we have Abominable (Universal) at #10, which has grossed $144.6 million worldwide in five weeks. This makes it one of DreamWorks Animation’s lowest-performing films, above Captain Underpants: The First Movie and short of Antz (not adjusted for inflation). Fortunately, Abominable was also made with one of the lowest budgets for a DreamWorks Animation film at just $75 million, reportedly.
And They’re Out
Downton Abbey (Focus Features) plummeted four spots to #11, but the posh drama has made $172.6 million off of a reported budget of $13-20 million, making it one of 2019’s best returns on investment.
Judy (Roadside Attractions) fell five spots, but it will go down as one of 2019’s most successful limited releases at the domestic box office. Overall, it’s made $30.7 million.
Finally, It Chapter Two vanished from the charts without a trace. The Warner Bros. horror blockbuster has made $451 million worldwide, which is a massive gap of interest from the 2017 film’s $700.4 million.
That’s it for this weekend. Check back with Atom Insider next week as we recap all the newest releases vying for the top of the box office.