brand new YORK (AP) — Put on a happy face. “Joker” can be No. 1 again.
Todd Phillip’s R-rated comic-book hit regained the top spot at the weekend box office in its fourth week of Discharge, narrowly besting “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” The Warner Bros.′ sensation, starring Joaquin Phoenix, took in $18.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
of which came in just above the $18.6 million haul for the Walt Disney Co.’s “Maleficent” sequel, which slid to second after a disappointing No. 1 debut last weekend of $36 million. “Mistress of Evil,” starring Angelina Jolie, can be performing better overseas, where of which grossed $64.3 million over the weekend.
With such a close race at the top between “Joker” along with “Mistress of Evil,” the order could switch when final figures are released Monday.
although ticket sales have continued to surge well past expectations for “Joker.” having a modest budget of $60 million, of which’s been extraordinarily profitable for Warner Bros. — although the studio, to mitigate risk, shared costs with Bron Studios along with Village Roadshow Pictures.
of which week, “Joker” became the most successful R-rated moved ever, not accounting for inflation, in worldwide Discharge. of which’s made $849 million globally, including $47.8 million internationally over the weekend. (Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” remains the R-rated domestic leader, with $370.8 million.)
Despite mixed reviews, “Joker” — a “Taxi Driver”-styled spin on a comic-book origin story — has already amassed a box-office total exceeding of which of more mainstream superhero movies such as “Thor: Ragnarok” along with “Wonder Woman.”
No brand new releases mustered any competition with the holdovers. The best-performing newcomer was the STX Entertainment horror thriller “Countdown.” of which grossed $9 million. Sony Screen Gems’ “Black along with Blue,” a police thriller starring Naomie Harris, opened with $8.3 million.
Holding especially well was “The Addams Family,” United Artists along with MGM’s Halloween-timed animated reboot of the macabre family. of which slid just 28% in its second weekend with $11.7 million, not bad for third place
Much of the weekend’s action was in limited or expanding releases for acclaimed Oscar contenders.
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” a black-along with-white psychological drama starring Willem Dafoe along with Robert Pattinson as 19th century lighthouse keepers, made $3 million on just 586 screens for A24.
Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” about a 10-year-old boy growing up in Nazi Germany, expanded into 55 theaters, earning a strong $1 million. In September, the Fox Searchlight Discharge won the Toronto Film Festival’s highly predictive audience award , setting of which up as a potential Academy Awards favorite. Its initial expansion suggests of which will be a hit with audiences, too.
Less successful was the Bruce Springsteen concert film “Western Stars” ($560,000 in 537 theaters).
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War” also finally landed in theaters more than two years after of which first premiered. Gomez-Rejon recut his film after Harvey Weinstein, shortly before his downfall, pushed out a critically panned design of the Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) along with George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) tale. Gomez-Rejon’s “director’s cut,” which 101 Studios acquired coming from the today-defunct Weinstein Co., opened with $2.7 million coming from about 1,000 theaters.
“Terminator: Dark Fate,” which can be supposed to lead the box office next weekend, got off to a $12.8 million start in a handful of international markets before its stateside debut.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. along with Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.