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Box Office Report For October 4-6

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, the first weekend in October, a psychotic clown looks to set some records in Joker. Also opening, though without any of the buzz that Joker has, is one time Oscar hopeful Lucy in the Sky. How did they do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out…

Easily taking the top spot was Joker, which managed to score some numbers no other film ever has. With an estimated $93.5 million, it’s easily the largest October opening of all time, which was set last year by Venom with a little over $80 million. Mostly strong reviews, along with Oscar buzz for Joaquin Phoenix, helped to add extra luster to this one. Depending on how audiences respond to this one, the weeks to come could be very interesting. Especially if an awards campaign proves lucrative, Warner Bros. might see this film become one of their crown jewels of 2019.

Down at number two was Abominable, which made another $12 million. With only a drop of about 41% or so, families clearly have their go to option right now, aside from the few misguided souls who brought their children to Joker (don’t do that). $37.8 million and counting isn’t great for the flick, but it could continue to climb throughout the month…

On just four screens, Pain and Glory a shade over 160K, good for a per theater average of about 40K, which is excellent. Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas should see their Academy Award player continue to do well as it expands in the coming weeks. Look for the movie to be a lock for a Best International Feature nomination, while Banderas is in the running for a Best Actor citation.

Lucy in the Sky, however, had a pretty bad weekend. 37 screens led to only a 55K haul, as poor reviews, especially out of the Toronto International Film Festival, crippled this Natalie Portman vehicle. What was once a potential awards player now will likely be quickly forgotten about. Alas…

Among indie/limited release titles, nothing else really of note opened. Maybe next week we’ll have more to discuss?

Here now is what the (estimated) top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Joker – $93,500,000

2. Abominable – $12,000,000

3. Downton Abbey – $8,000,000

4. Hustlers – $6,300,000

5. It: Chapter Two – $5,355,000

6. Ad Astra – $4,557,000

7. Judy – $4,445,635

8. Rambo: Last Blood – $3,550,000

9. War – $1,581,000

10. Good Boys – $900,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. My People, My Country – $865,000

12. The Lion King – $693,000

13. Angel Has Fallen – $565,000

14. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $540,000

15. The Peanut Butter Falcon – $495,251

16. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $477,000

17. Overcomer – $415,000

18. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $325,000

19. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – $299,346

20. Toy Story 4 – $248,000

21. Brittany Runs a Marathon – $194,586

22. Pain and Glory – $160,087

23. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged – $100,000

24. Where’s My Roy Cohn? – $83,435

25. Promare – $81,925

26. Aladdin – $63,000

27. First Love – $60,625

28. Official Secrets – $55,341

29. Lucy in the Sky – $55,000

30. Ready or Not – $54,000

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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