BOX OFFICE REPORT
October 11-13, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|The Addams Family||$30.2 million|
|Gemini Man||$20.5 million|
|Downton Abbey||$4.9 million|
While I thought a movie as dark and unpleasant as Joker might lead to a hefty drop in its second week, audiences are still responding to the brooding psychodrama. Dropping only 42.8 percent – far smaller than even the biggest superhero fare – the film has earned nearly $200 million domestically in just 10 days, and has already crossed half a billion dollars worldwide. That makes it the eighth-biggest movie of the year so far, and may even have a shot at $300 million. That would make it director Todd Phillips' biggest movie ever.
The Addams Family had the strongest debut of the new releases, taking in an estimated $30.2 million. That's the best debut for an animated movie this year among non-sequels. It's all the more impressive considering for its target audience, the Addams Family as characters aren't really in the public consciousness the way most superheroes or cartoon series are. Kids apparently still want to see the creepy, kooky and altogether ooky characters.
Gemini Man is yet another disappointment from the once-biggest movie star in the world. Will Smith's latest boondoggle took in just $20.5 million. The film's effects and technology were hyped more than its action, even though no theaters in the U.S. were equipped to play the film as intended. It will have to rely on foreign markets like China if Paramount hopes to recoup its big investment. Abominable and Downton Abbey rounded out the top five.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Parasite hype is real. Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or winning dark comedy delivered a tremendous debut on just three screens. With many showings sold out, it earned a truly incredible $125,421 average. That's easily the biggest of the year and one of the best debuts of all time.
- Jexi couldn't dial up an audience. The R-rated tech comedy earned just $3.1 million, good for ninth place.
- Lucy in the Sky crashed and burned. After a dreadful debut, it expanded to 198 screens, which only increased its take 35 percent, managing a $369 average.
Disney continues its insanely good year with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. While it seems unlikely they can keep their streak of No. 1 films alive, it will almost certainly take the top spot, though with less than original film. A $50 million debut feels likely. Zombieland: Double Tap is a little bit more of a curious case. The original was a modest hit and a smash on DVD. But 10 years later, will anyone care? I think at least $20 million worth of people will.