Box Office Recap

Despite sparking controversy so major that theaters beefed up their security,Todd Phillips’ “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix laughed its way to a record-breaking box office debut. The supervillain flick raked in a whopping $93-million over the weekend, beating 2018’s “Venom’s” record as the biggest October opening ever by more than $10-million.

“Joker” is doing just as well overseas, adding up to a worldwide total of $234-million for its debut weekend. Of course, its success is due at least in part to all the attention it got – negative or not – leading up to the opening. It’s easily earned the top spot at the box office, more than $80-million ahead of the movie in second place, “Abominable.”

In third is “Downton Abbey,” which made $8-million for its third weekend in theaters. Almost every other flick in the top 10 saw more than a 50-percent drop in earnings, but “Good Boys” is still going strong in the 10th spot after eight weeks… with just $900K, that is.

Here’s this weekend’s Top 10 movies:

  1. “Joker” – $93.5-million
  2. “Abominable” – $12-million
  3. “Downton Abbey” – $8-million
  4. “Hustlers” – $6.3-million
  5. “It: Chapter Two” – $5.4-million
  6. “Ad Astra” – $4.6-million
  7. “Judy” – $4.5-million
  8. “Rambo: Last Blood” – $3.6-million
  9. “War” – $1.6-million
  10. “Good Boys” – $900-thousand


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