Weekend Box Office (October 04 - 06, 2019)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND The Crown Prince of Crime continued to dominate the box office this weekend while a bunch of newcomers debuted from good to middling to just plain bad.
Taking the box office crown for a second straight weekend was Joker which slipped only 42.8% in its second weekend to an estimated $55M, bringing its cume to a whopping $192.7M. It set another record as this is the biggest second weekend in October history, surpassing 2013's Gravity which took in $43.2M in its sophomore session. Overseas the Harlequin of Hate added $123.7M bringing its international total up to $351M for a worldwide haul of $543.9M. A domestic finale in the $330M range is certainly possible with the billion dollar mark worldwide within reach.
Debuting to solid results was the animated The Addams Family which took in an estimated $30.3M this weekend from 4,007 theaters for a per screen average of $7,561. Critics were on the negative side of even about the film while audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore. With more family fare on tap for next weekend in the form of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil it may be one and done for Gomez and family unless the Halloween season manages to prop it up.
Landing in third place was the Will Smith-led Gemini Man which only managed a $20.5M opening from 3,642 theaters for a per screen average of $5,629. Critics mostly hated the film while audiences gave it more of a thumbs up. With famed auteur Ang Lee behind the camera, I think more was expected of this $138M production.
With The Addams Family joining the crowd, fellow animated hit Abominable took a tumble dropping 48% in its third weekend to an estimated $6.2M bringing its cume to just under $48M. Downton Abbey continued to do well taking in $4.9M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $82.7M after a month in theaters.
Hustlers held on in sixth place this weekend with an estimated $3.85M, bringing its total up to $98M after five weeks. Award-hopeful Judy added another 169 theaters to its run and had the best hold in the top 10 falling only 29% to an estimated $3.25M for a total cume to date of $14.9M. The only horror film on the charts, It: Chapter Two added another $3.2M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total to $207M after six weeks.
That loud thud you heard was the debut of Jexi which only managed to order up $3.1M this weekend from 2,332 theaters for a per screen average of $1,329. Critics savaged the film while paying audiences only gave the film a B- CinemaScore. A quick trip to whatever the modern day version of the dollar store bin is will be in order for this disaster. Rounding out the top 10 was Ad Astra which added $1.9M to its coffers, bringing its total up to $47M.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $132.2M which was up 5% from last year when Venom remained on top for a second weekend with $35M; but up 49% from 2017 when Happy Death Day debuted on top with $26M.
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Last Updated: October 13, 2019 at 5:30PM ET
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