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Box Office Report For October 11-13

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 psychotic clown in Joker looks follow up its record setting start with another huge October haul. Also opening, though decidedly fighting for second place, are the animated offering The Addams Family, as well as the Will Smith action vehicle Gemini Man. How did they do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out…

Easily taking the top spot once again was Joker, dropping only about 42% or so for an estimated second week haul of $55 million. That brings the dark Warner Bros. hit almost to $200 million domestically, something that has to please the powers that be. WB can safely believe in this unique vision of the character, whether or not it’s a one shot deal. Either way, it’s clear that an Oscar campaign is brewing.

Coming in at number two was the animated incarnation of The Addams Family. Without much strong competition for family fare, it took in $30.2 million this weekend, ahead of projections. Poor reviews did not hurt this one in the least, as kids needed something to say, after all. The weeks ahead for it may be iffy, but right now, it made very solid bank.

Third place went to Gemini Man, which saw bad buzz keep it from higher grounds. $20.5 million isn’t bad, but with a huge price tag, this Ang Lee picture needed more. Will Smith and new cinematic technology just wasn’t enough to draw audiences in and make it the blockbuster Paramount was hoping for…

Parasite opened on only three screens, yet still made 376K, good for a staggering per theater average of over 125K, which is actually the biggest ever for a foreign film. Any lingering doubt about if this is going to be an Academy Award player or not should be done. This is going to contend, and possibly even be in play for some major wins. Bong Joon Ho and Neon should be very proud today.

Among indie/limited release titles, nothing else really of note opened besides Parasite. 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 – $55,000,000

2. The Addams Family – $30,298,000

3. Gemini Man – $20,500,000

4. Abominable – $6,170,000

5. Downton Abbey – $4,900,000

6. Hustlers – $3,850,000

7. Judy – $3,255,353

8. It: Chapter Two – $3,225,000

9. Jexi – $3,100,000

10. Ad Astra – $1,947,000

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

11. Rambo: Last Blood – $1,550,000

12. The Lion King – $679,000

13. Parasite – $376,264

14. Good Boys – $309,000

15. Pain and Glory – $289,147

16. The Peanut Butter Falcon – $278,567

17. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – $262,080

18. Angel Has Fallen – $260,000

19. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – $182,000

20. Toy Story 4 – $169,000

21. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – $150,000

22. Dora and the Lost City of Gold – $145,000

23. Where’s My Roy Cohn? – $101,815

24. Lucy in the Sky – $73,000

25. Brittany Runs a Marathon – $66,679

26. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged – $45,000

27. The Art of Racing in the Rain – $44,000

28. The Farewell – $34,160

29. Aladdin – $34,000

30. Official Secrets – $33,841

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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