The controversial Joker hit the top of the box office charts for the second week, keeping both Gomez Addams and Will Smith at bay.
Joker pulled in an estimated $55 million, setting the record for the highest second weekend in October. That record was previously held by Gravity in 2013. The alternate take on the DC villain’s origin has now made $192.7 domestically in only ten days.
The Addams Family came in second with a little over $30 million, which is neither creepy nor kooky. Will Smith and Will Smith captured third with Gemini Man. Abominable, the Dreamworks animated film about the Yeti, was is in fourth place with $6.17 million. Rounding out the top five was Downton Abbey, with a respectable $4.9 million, although I’m sure that translates into another figure is you convert it to Euros.
The biggest surprise was the extremely limited release of Bong Hoon-jo’s Parasite, which racked up $376,624 in only three theaters. That bodes well for a wider release and early Academy Award contention. Sachin Hingoo says its the best movie he has seen all year.
Here’s how we predicted the weekend box office:
1) Joker – $45 million
2) The Addams Family – $27 million
3) Gemini Man – $22 million
4) Downton Abbey – $5.5 million
5) Hustlers – $5 million
And here’s what actually happened:
1) Joker – $55 million
2) The Addams Family – $30.29 million
3) Gemini Man – $20.5 million
4) Abominable – $6.17 million
5) Downton Abbey – $4.9 million
Two sequels enter the fray next week when Maleficent: Mistress of Evil takes on Zombieland: Double Tap in a battle for box office supremacy. Can either one of them take down Joker? I don’t know. I’m not some kind of time magician.