Weekend Box Office (October 04 - 06, 2019)

by Sujit Chawla

THIS WEEKEND The Joker ran wild this weekend with an explosive opening that destroyed the competition as well as all October records while the rest of the top 10 tried to hang on for dear life.

Arguably the biggest villain in the history of the comic book genre, Warner Brothers delivered with Joker which opened to an estimated $93.5M from 4,374 theaters for a per screen average of $21,376. It broke the year-old October opening weekend of Venom ($80.3M), set a new record for Thursday previews with $13.3M and became the fourth highest R-rated opening film of all-time, behind only It ($123.4M), Deadpool 2 ($125.5M) and Deadpool ($132.4M). Internationally Joker added an additional $140.5M for a worldwide launch of $234M. Critics were on the positive side of mixed while paying audiences gave the film an overall B+ CinemaScore. Audiences were predominately male under 35 years old.

Falling 42% in its second weekend was the animated Abominable which added an additional $12M, according to estimates, for a cume to date of $37.8M. A final total in the $70M range seems possible. Downton Abbey landed in third place with an estimated $8M, bringing its total up to a solid $74.6M.

Jennifer Lopez and her crew fell to fourth this weekend with Hustlers taking in an estimated $6.3M for a cume to date of $91.3M. The scary clown from It: Chapter Two floated down to fifth place with an estimated $5.35M this weekend bringing its total up to $202.2M after five weekends.

Ad Astra added an additional $4.5M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $43.6M. Award-hopeful Judy added nearly 1,000 screens and saw its weekend gross jump 52% to an estimated $4.4M for Roadside Attractions. Its total now stands at $8.9M.

Rambo: Last Blood continued its freefall as it had the worst drop in the top 10 (59%) picking up an estimated $3.5M this weekend for a grand total to date of $39.8M. The raunchy comedy Good Boys hung on with an estimated $900K this weekend bringing its cume up to $82M. And opening to strong numbers was the Chinese anthology drama My People, My Country which took in $856K, according to estimates, from only 70 theaters for a per screen average of $12,357.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $139.4M which was down 17% from last year when the one-two punch of Venom and A Star is Born opened in the top two with $80.2M and $42.9M respectively; but up 44.5% from 2017 when Blade Runner 2049 opened on top with $32.7M.

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Last Updated: October 06, 2019 at 2:30PM ET

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