BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 25-27, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Maleficent: Mistress of Evil||$18.5 million|
|The Addams Family||$11.7 million|
|Zombieland: Double Tap||$11.6 million|
With a lack of competition among the new releases, Joker climbed its way back to the top of the heap with an estimated $18.9 million. That marks a third week at No. 1, as it also celebrated becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time worldwide. (It won't earn that distinction domestically, as it's still about $100 million below The Passion of the Christ.) It's also outgrossed other DC titles like Justice League and will soon pass Man of Steel.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped to second place, and in 10 days it still has yet to earn what the first one did in three. It's possible it may end up earning less than even the underperforming Dumbo remake, proving not all of Disney's IP mining will be successful. But The Addams Family sure is, surprisingly. The animated feature from United Artists – which has had a terrible track record this year – has earned $72 million so far, and should cross $100 million domestically.
Zombieland: Double Tap took a hit straight to the face, as it fell to fourth place. The belated sequel has earned less than $50 million to date and seems unlikely to match the original's $75 million haul. Countdown was the only new release to crack the top 5, earning a meager $9 million. Still, the PG-13 horror flick cost only $12 million, so it should be profitable in a matter of days.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Jojo Rabbit, Take Waititi's "anti-hate satire." The TIFF People's Choice Award winner averaged $18,927 as it expanded to 55 screens.
- Neither Black and Blue nor The Current War lit up screens. The former, a cop drama, earned $8.3 million. The latter, a biopic of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, earned $2.7 million. That's even less than The Lighthouse, which only played on half the screens.
- Bruce Springsteen didn't put on a good show for once. Western Stars, a concert doc in support of the album of the same name, only managed $560,000. That's less than Kanye West's IMAX feature Jesus Is King. That film earned $830,000 on around the same number of screens.
November starts off with four new releases, only one of which will make serious money. Terminator: Dark Fate is the latest attempt to recapture the magic of the first two James Cameron-directed films. Reviews are pretty good, but will audiences care, especially since they've been burned by this franchise so many times? Even if it's not a massive hit, it should be enough to open at No. 1, though $35 million is nothing to get excited about. Harriet should deliver a respectable debut, while Motherless Brooklyn looks to be another Oscar-season casualty. And keep an eye on Arctic Dogs, which has the potential to be one of the lowest-opening wide releases ever.