Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime continues to have the last laugh at the worldwide box office
Warner Bros and DC’s ‘Joker‘ held firm at the top of the box office chart this past weekend with an incredible $55million domestic take in its second weekend. The highly acclaimed Joquin Phoenix starring comic book movie dropped off by 43% from last weekend but held the summit with relative ease. The film has now made $192.7million at the domestic box office and an international take of $351.2million and gaining the film a running total so far of $543.9million. The film is currently the eighth-highest grossing film of 2019 after only ten days of release. It seems audiences can’t get enough of the dark tale depicting the birth and rise of Gotham’s greatest criminal mastermind.
Snapping their fingers together and spookily appearing in the second position this weekend came animated family fare ‘The Addams Family‘ with an opening of $30.2million. Although the critics didn’t find that much to enjoy in the film, only giving it a 44% critical average, the film, boasting the voice talents of Oscar Issac, Finn Wolfhard, Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz managed to find its audience and pack them into the multiplexes, becoming the perfect foil to ‘Joker‘s darkness and violence. The $40million budgeted movie is the first time the family has appeared on the silver screen since ‘Addams Family Values‘ opened 26 years ago.
Opening in third place with a stutter came Will Smith actioner ‘Gemini Man‘. The PG-13 rated sci-fi movie, directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee and co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen took a disappointing $20.5million domestically against a budget of $138million. Adding in the films $39million from international markets, the film had a $59.5million weekend. The critics didn’t enjoy seeing two Will Smith’s for the price of one, awarding the film a 26% average score. Adding to the film’s problems, Ang Lee shot the film at 120 frames per second. The normal standard is only 24 frames per second. There are almost no movie theatres who can show the film at Lee’s prefered frame rate, making the film come across as jumpy and in some cases, hard to view.
Slipping on ice and tumbling through the snow to land at this week’s fourth position came Dreamworks’ ‘Abominable‘ with $ 6.1million. The animated yeti film currently has $47.9million domestically and $106million worldwide against a $75million cost.
‘Downton Abbey‘ continues to draw in the crowds looking for a more light-hearted dramatic movie as it rounds out this weeks top five. The big-screen adaptation/continuation of the British Television series gained a further $4.9million, swelling the movies coffers up to a domestic total so far of $82.6million and $152.6million around the world.
Jennifer Lopez and her team of ‘Hustlers‘ slipped down their pole again this week, landing in the sixth position and swindling their way to another $3.8million. The R-rated dramatic comedy currently has earned itself just under $100million at the U.S box office and is now up to $121.6million in international markets.
With its incredible and potentially Oscar-winning performance by Renee Zellweger in the title role, ‘Judy‘ held firm at number seven with $3.2million earned and a running total of $14.9million domestically. The drama, revolving around the later part of Judy Garland’s career and her final London shows is a film to keep an eye on as the awards season approaches.
He keeps sinking instead of floating and his balloons are nearly out of helium but Pennywise the clown just won’t leave us as ‘IT Chapter Two‘ remains in the top ten highest-grossing movies at the weekend box office as he settles into the eighth position. The film has been on release for six weeks now and has managed to scare up a $207.1 domestic total and a $445.6million worldwide gross.
Opening way down in ninth position, new R-rated comedy ‘Jexi‘ earned itself $3.1million. The Adam Levine starring movie, concerning a man who becomes obsessed with the operating system of his new cellphone (voiced by Rose Byrne), gained itself a terrible 15% critical average, leaving it as one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year.
Rounding out the top ten this week was Brad Pitt movie ‘Ad Astra‘, which gained itself an extra $1.9million in its fourth week of release. The $80million budgeted science-fiction drama now has $47million in domestic ticket sales and $120.3million around the globe.
Leaving us this weekend after running out of ammo and dripping a final drop of deep red blood, ‘Rambo: Last Blood‘ departed alongside ‘Good Boys‘ whose teenage hijinks finally came to an end.
In limited release, Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed and award-winning comedy/crime/drama/thriller ‘Parasite‘ opened with an astonishing $125,000 per-screen average. Not since the days of ‘La La Land‘ has a film had such a great per-screen average take. The film has a wonderful 99% critical average score and, again, could be a film to keep an eye on as awards season creeps upon us.
Next weekend sees the battle for box office domination joined by two big-budget blockbusters and three limited releases. The limited releases are Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit‘, the horror movie ‘Trick‘ and the Robert Pattinson/ Willem Defoe drama ‘The Lighthouse‘.
The main threats to ‘Joker‘ and his dominance at the top of the chart comes in the form of two sequels. First, we have the long-awaited ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘. Ten years after the first movie, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin return to slay more of the undead, this time alongside Rosario Dawson. The film has had its first previews and the word coming out is that the movie is really good, funny, gory and completely worth the wait. The second film couldn’t be more different to gory zombie killing as Disney unleashes sequel ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil‘. Once again, Angelina Jolie straps on the wings as the wicked queen turned good alongside fellow returnee Ellie Fanning. Joining the fray this time around are Chiwetel Ejiofor and the delightful Michelle Pfeiffer. I expect the film to do good business but, and this is a personal opinion and in no way should be taken as the opinion or position of the Future Of The Force site or my fellow writers, I didn’t think too highly of the original film. Yes, Ms Jolie was magnificent in her role but I grew up with the character of Maleficent as being truly evil and had trouble with the turn around the character had. Maybe it is just me though as the film did great box office and thrilled children and adults the world over.
Over to you once again. Will ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil‘ work it’s magic and land atop the chart? Will ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘ kill and laugh its way to the top? or will ‘Joker‘ have the last laugh once again and beat out all contenders to his throne? Check back here again next week to find out.
Until next time, Happy Moviegoing!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones and Horror movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!