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Monday Update: The joke’s not on Warner Bros., as their gritty R-rated Joker set the new record for highest October opening weekend with $96.2M.


This breaks the previous record of $80.2M set by last October’s Venom. (That was also the prior record-holder even when adjusting historical movies for ticket price inflation.)


Among R-rated superhero (or superhero-adjacent) movies, it also bests the $88.4M of Logan and $55.2M of Watchmen.


Comparisons


Total box office this weekend was $150.0M.


That’s +58.8% above last weekend but -16.1% below this same weekend last year, when Venom led with $80.2M and A Star Is Born also premiered with $42.9M.


Year-to-date box office stands at $8.61B. That’s -5.4% behind this same date last year, up from -5.5% after last weekend.


Although the 2019 YTD box office has trailed behind 2018 the entire year, that current -5.4% is the closest 2019’s box office has come to 2018’s level since -5.0% after the very first weekend of January.







Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, OCT. 4 – SUN, OCT. 6

WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Joker
$96,202,337

4,374

$21,994
$96,202,337
1
Warner Bros.


2
Abominable
$11,921,855
-42%
4,248
6
$2,806
$37,754,970
2
Universal Pictures


3
Downton Abbey
$7,989,920
-44%
3,548
158
$2,252
$73,616,855
3
Focus Features


4
Hustlers
$6,393,824
-44%
3,030
-478
$2,110
$91,415,704
4
STX Entertainment


5
It Chapter Two
$5,317,529
-48%
3,163
-448
$1,681
$202,167,686
5
Warner Bros


6
Judy
$4,598,798
58%
1,458
997
$3,154
$9,057,241
2
Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment


7
Ad Astra
$4,191,582
-58%
2,910
-550
$1,440
$43,297,350
3
20th Century Fox


8
Rambo: Last Blood
$3,599,858
-58%
2,900
-718
$1,241
$39,873,753
3
Lionsgate


9
Good Boys
$890,095
-57%
1,006
-497
$885
$82,032,715
8
Universal Pictures


10
The Lion King
$685,089
-59%
1,034
-657
$663
$541,281,146
12
Walt Disney Pictures




LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
War
$1,607,627

305

$5,271
$2,114,917
1
Yash Raj Films USA Inc.


2
Angel Has Fallen
$554,703
-63%
831
-821
$668
$68,300,418
7
Lionsgate


3
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
$550,030
-53%
682
-418
$806
$173,109,370
10
Universal Pictures


4
The Peanut Butter Falcon
$477,582
-46%
623
-312
$767
$18,975,511
9
Roadside Attractions


5
Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark
$471,848
-41%
577
-182
$818
$67,512,574
9
CBS Films / Lionsgate


6
Overcomer
$420,873
-53%
672
-534
$626
$33,921,864
7
Sony Pictures


7
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
$345,250
-52%
481
-280
$718
$60,003,106
9
Paramount Pictures


8
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
$289,932
-25%
204
-43
$1,421
$2,797,399
5
Greenwich Entertainment


9
Roger Waters: Us + Them
$251,842

396

$636
$594,982
1
Trafalgar Releasing


10
Toy Story 4
$231,433
14%
243
0
$952
$433,314,437
16
Disney


11
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
$216,657
-61%
256
-159
$846
$139,501,916
11
Sony Pictures


12
Brittany Runs A Marathon
$194,796
-70%
348
-569
$560
$6,807,451
7
Amazon Studios


13
The Climbers
$156,096

102

$1,530
$324,874
1
Well Go USA Entertainment


14
The Angry Birds Movie 2
$133,331
-64%
248
-263
$538
$41,310,366
8
Sony Pictures


15
Spider-Man: Far from Home
$127,176
-56%
213
-181
$597
$390,361,240
14
Sony / Columbia


16
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
$97,185
-26%
145
-112
$670
$22,112,010
8
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures


17
Ready or Not
$59,253
-57%
125
-76
$474
$28,619,360
7
Fox Searchlight


18
Official Secrets
$55,092
-63%
100
-160
$551
$1,816,934
6
IFC Films


19
Aladdin
$53,289
-39%
105
-19
$508
$355,466,517
20
Disney


20
The Art of Racing in the Rain
$49,304
-32%
103
-46
$479
$26,249,382
9
20th Century Fox




PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
My People, My Country
$875,600

67

$13,069
$1,553,116
1
CMC


2
Pain and Glory
$152,636

4

$38,159
$215,491
1
Sony Pictures Classics


3
Men in Black: International
$146,210
1845%
55
32
$2,658
$80,001,807
17
Sony / Columbia


4
Where’s My Roy Cohn?
$79,777
48%
26
14
$3,068
$222,174
3
Sony Pictures Classics


5
Promare
$79,682
-35%
37
6
$2,154
$1,241,519
3
GKIDS


6
First Love
$56,478
167%
40
38
$1,412
$89,994
2
Well Go USA Entertainment


7
Lucy In The Sky
$54,058

37

$1,461
$54,058
1
Fox Searchlight


8
The Goldfinch
$38,237
-75%
86
-356
$445
$5,259,303
4
Warner Bros.


9
The Farewell
$38,090
-47%
40
-35
$952
$17,564,075
13
A24


10
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins
$33,506
12%
36
1
$931
$470,764
6
Magnolia Pictures


11
Chhichhore
$33,159
-76%
33
-45
$1,005
$1,990,293
5
FIP


12
Monos
$31,983
-52%
45
12
$711
$284,833
4
Neon


13
Blinded by the Light
$30,636
-26%
75
-49
$408
$11,890,648
8
Warner Bros


14
Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool
$26,370
-45%
17
-14
$1,551
$468,377
7
Abramorama


15
Fantastic Fungi
$17,690
-10%
3
0
$5,897
$70,068
3
Area 23a


16
Honeyland
$17,556
-20%
31
-9
$566
$649,840
11
Neon


17
Aquarela
$12,448
-45%
27
-42
$461
$274,948
8
Sony Pictures Classics


18
Out Of Liberty
$11,837
-48%
25
-2
$473
$217,726
4
Purdie Distribution


19
Mr. Klein
$11,095

2

$5,548
$78,313
5
Rialto Pictures


20
Britt-Marie Was Here
$11,009
128%
11
3
$1,001
$11,009
3
Cohen Media Group


21
The Fighting Preacher
$10,794
-30%
24
5
$450
$855,178
11
Purdie Distribution


22
Ne Zha
$10,226
-84%
8
-30
$1,278
$3,695,533
6
Well Go USA Entertainment


23
Battle of Jangsari
$8,552

2

$4,276
$8,552
1
Well Go USA Entertainment


24
Loro
$8,480
3%
11
6
$771
$30,399
3
IFC Films


25
Wrinkles the Clown
$8,248

21

$393
$8,248
1
Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing


26
Tel Aviv on Fire
$7,693
45%
9
5
$855
$485,486
10
Cohen Media Group


27
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
$6,585
-59%
6
-1
$1,098
$84,658
2
Kino Lorber


28
Midnight Traveler
$5,404
91%
3
2
$1,801
$17,281
3
Oscilloscope Laboratories


29
Tazza: One-Eyed Jack
$5,199
-69%
6
-4
$867
$97,655
3
Well Go USA Entertainment


30
Maiden
$5,170
-54%
21
-3
$246
$3,134,751
15
Sony Pictures Classics


31
Luce
$5,010
-72%
17
-19
$295
$2,007,992
10
NEON


32
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
$4,805
-66%
18
-29
$267
$9,195,524
8
United Artists Releasing


33
David Crosby: Remember My Name
$4,474
-52%
13
-15
$344
$702,307
12
Sony Pictures Classics


34
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
$4,209
-63%
8
-18
$526
$522,228
7
Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films


35
Ága
$3,374
17%
3
1
$1,125
$15,943
5
Big World Pictures


36
End of the Century
$3,251
-15%
4
-1
$813
$38,642
8
 


37
The Day Shall Come
$2,977
-80%
16
-14
$186
$24,909
2
IFC Films


38
Give Me Liberty
$2,568
-65%
7
2
$367
$191,423
7
Music Box Films


39
Echo In the Canyon
$2,412
51%
4
0
$603
$3,350,905
20
Greenwich Entertainment


40
Before You Know It
$2,321
-59%
11
-8
$211
$135,502
6
1091


41
Ms. Purple
$2,246
-79%
9
-14
$250
$78,351
5
Oscilloscope Laboratories


42
Desolation Center
$1,839
191%
4
2
$460
$19,388
4
Matson Films


43
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
$1,810

2

$905
$2,767
1
Kino Lorber Zeitgeist Films


44
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
$1,407
39%
3
-2
$469
$898,767
16
Magnolia Pictures


45
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
$1,231
-41%
2
-1
$616
$103,073
8
Magnolia Pictures


46
Edie
$1,198
-61%
3
-1
$399
$52,034
5
Music Box Films


47
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
$1,031
143%
1
0
$1,031
$520,431
26
Kino Lorber


48
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
$876

2

$438
$10,450
12
Big World Pictures


49
Jay Myself
$691
-55%
2
-4
$346
$139,792
10
Oscilloscope Laboratories


50
After The Wedding
$681
-90%
7
-8
$97
$1,563,391
9
Sony Pictures Classics


51
Chained for Life
$541
-55%
1
0
$541
$13,903
4
Kino Lorber Films


52
The Gliksmans
$536
-82%
1
-2
$536
$3,938
2
Indican Pictures


53
Série noire
$500
-76%
1
0
$500
$4,579
2
Rialto Pictures


54
Free Trip To Egypt
$486

1

$486
$48,459
19
Matson Films


55
The Chambermaid
$341
77%
1
0
$341
$82,507
15
Kino Lorber


56
Union
$250
-46%
1
0
$250
$20,337
10
Indican Pictures


57
The Golden Glove
$231
-90%
1
-4
$231
$4,138
2
Strand Releasing


58
The Ground Beneath My Feet
$151

1

$151
$22,763
11
Strand Releasing


59
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements
$114
-97%
1
-3
$114
$18,464
4
Abramorama


60
A Faithful Man
$90
-96%
1
-2
$90
$76,083
12
Kino Lorber


61
The Mountain
$60
-91%
1
-1
$60
$59,850
11
Kino Lorber








Sunday Update: The first weekend of October belonged to The Clown Prince of Crime.


Riding a tidal wave of hype and not a little controversy, Warner Bros.’ Joker topped the weekend box office in its opening frame with an estimated $93.5 million including $13.3 million in Thursday night previews – a superb haul that not only counts as the highest-ever debut for the month of October (topping the $80.2 million brought in by last year’s Venom) but for director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix as well. It reached that impressive number in part for being the only wide opener of the weekend, in addition to lack of competition for the young male demo that turned out for the film in droves (of the opening weekend audience, 64% were men and 66% were under the age of 35). Notably, its release in 4,374 locations is also the widest release ever for the month of October.


Given its status as the first big-screen movie to feature the iconic Batman villain as its main “protagonist” and the overwhelming popularity of the superhero genre in general, it’s safe to say Joker was going to enjoy a solid debut no matter what. But it’s hard to deny the power of controversy in bringing the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) title to record heights this weekend. Indeed, the film has been divisive to say the least – attested to by its mixed 69% Rotten Tomatoes score – and it has been the subject of countless think pieces and robust social media activity over the last several weeks, with those deeming it a potentially dangerous work of provocation countered by a slew of vocal and passionate defenders, particularly the hardcore fan community. No doubt, Joker is one of the most talked-about movies of the year and perhaps the decade, with a deafening level of buzz that – along with frequent reference to Phillips’ gritty, Scorsese-influenced take on the material – likely helped pique the interest of moviegoers who might not otherwise have been inclined to see it.


As comps go, last year’s previous October record-holder Venom is as good as any. Like Joker, that film centered a comic book villain as its lead character, and both strongly appealed to an audience of young males, and both had divergent audience and critical receptions (Joker‘s Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score currently stands at 92% vs. a 69% average from critics). But unlike the PG-13-rated Venom, Joker’s R-rating – still a rarity for a comic book movie despite the recent success of films like Deadpool and Deadpool 2 – makes its breakout success this weekend all the more impressive. Whether it can keep up the momentum in subsequent weeks remains to be seen, but if it performs in line with Venom – which had a weekend-to-final multiplier of 2.6x – it could be looking at a final tally in the neighborhood of $250 million.


Falling to second place after topping the box office last weekend was Universal’s Abominable, which brought in an estimated $12 million in its sophomore frame. The animated adventure from Dreamworks Animation and Pearl Studio now stands at $37.8 million after ten days of release, pacing it roughly 10% behind last year’s similar Smallfoot at the same point in its run.


Downton Abbey placed third with an estimated $8 million, down 46% from last weekend’s gross. The continuation of the hit TV series now has $73.6 million in its coffers through the end of its third weekend, making it the third-highest Focus Features release of all time (not adjusting for inflation) after 2005’s Brokeback Mountain ($83 million) and 2009’s Coraline ($75.2 million). Look for it to surpass both those titles by the time it leaves theaters.


Hustlers took fourth place with an estimated $6.3 million, bringing the total for the STX crime drama to an impressive $91.3 million through the end of its fourth weekend. Just behind it in fifth place was Warner Bros.’ It: Chapter Two, which took in an estimated $5.3 million in its fifth weekend for a total of $202.2 million to date. The Stephen King sequel is now only the third horror film in history to surpass the $200 million mark after the first It and The Exorcist, the latter of which reached that amount only after its 2000 re-release (though adjusted for inflation its box office total easily surpasses both It installments).


In sixth place, the Disney-released Ad Astra (originally produced by Fox) fell a somewhat steep 55% to an estimated $4.5 million in its third weekend. The Brad Pitt vehicle, which some reports indicate cost upwards of $100 million, has brought in just $43.6 million to date in North America and will have to count on Pitt’s bankability overseas to make up the shortfall.


Following its limited debut in 461 locations last weekend, Roadside Attractions’ awards-season contender Judy expanded to 1,458 locations and finished in seventh place with an estimated $4.4 million, giving the Judy Garland biopic $8.9 million to date.


Also in its third weekend, Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood dipped to eighth with an estimated $3.5 million, bringing the total for the Sylvester Stallone sequel to $39.8 million. Expect it to surpass its immediate predecessor, 2008’s Rambo, by the end of its run.


In ninth place was the Bollywood action-thriller War, which set an opening-day record in its native India and debuted to a decent $1.5 million from just 303 locations in North America. The film comes from Indian distributor Yash Raj Films, which also distributed 2017’s Tiger Zinda Hai, which grossed $5.5 million domestically and the U.S. equivalent of $81.7 million overseas.


Finally in tenth, Universal’s Good Boys brought in an estimated $900K in its eighth weekend for a total of $82 million.


Overseas Update:


Joker brought in an even bigger haul overseas this weekend, grossing an estimated $140.5 million from 73 international markets and bringing its worldwide opening total to $234 million. Just as in the U.S., it broke records around the globe, including biggest October opening ever in 21 markets including Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and the UAE and the biggest October opening weekend of all time for IMAX both internationally ($9 million) and globally ($16.5 million), surpassing Venom from last year. Individual country totals include $16.3 million in Korea, $14.8 million in the U.K., $13.1 million in Mexico, $10 million in Russia, $7.3 million in Brazil, $7 million in Japan, $6.8 million in Italy and $6.6 million in Australia.


Abominable brought in an estimated $24.6 million overseas this weekend including $11.2 million in China — where the movie was co-financed — bringing its international total to $38.5 million and its worldwide cume to $76.3 million.


Downton Abbey grossed an estimated $6.6 million in 37 markets and brought its overseas total to $61.8 million, including a robust $27.6 million in the U.K. and Ireland. Its worldwide tally now stands at $135.4 million.


Ad Astra took in an estimated $7.3 million from 47 overseas markets and now has an international total of $67.7 million and a worldwide tally of $111.4 million.







Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, OCT. 4 – SUN, OCT. 6


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Joker
$93,500,000

4,374

$21,376
$93,500,000
1
Warner Bros.


2
Abominable
$12,000,000
-42%
4,248
6
$2,825
$37,833,115
2
Universal Pictures


3
Downton Abbey
$8,000,000
-44%
3,548
158
$2,255
$73,626,935
3
Focus Features


4
Hustlers
$6,300,000
-45%
3,030
-478
$2,079
$91,321,880
4
STX Entertainment


5
It Chapter Two
$5,355,000
-48%
3,163
-448
$1,693
$202,205,157
5
Warner Bros


6
Ad Astra
$4,557,000
-54%
2,910
-550
$1,566
$43,662,768
3
20th Century Fox


7
Judy
$4,445,635
52%
1,458
997
$3,049
$8,904,078
2
Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment


8
Rambo: Last Blood
$3,550,000
-59%
2,900
-718
$1,224
$39,823,895
3
Lionsgate


9
Good Boys
$900,000
-56%
1,006
-497
$895
$82,042,620
8
Universal Pictures


10
The Lion King
$693,000
-58%
1,034
-657
$670
$541,289,057
12
Walt Disney Pictures





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Angel Has Fallen
$565,000
-63%
831
-821
$680
$68,310,715
7
Lionsgate


2
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
$540,000
-54%
682
-418
$792
$173,099,340
10
Universal Pictures


3
The Peanut Butter Falcon
$495,251
-44%
623
-312
$795
$18,993,180
9
Roadside Attractions


4
Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark
$477,000
-40%
577
-182
$827
$67,517,726
9
CBS Films / Lionsgate


5
Overcomer
$415,000
-54%
672
-534
$618
$33,915,991
7
Sony Pictures


6
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
$325,000
-55%
481
-280
$676
$59,982,856
9
Paramount Pictures


7
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
$299,346
-22%
204
-43
$1,467
$2,806,813
5
 


8
Toy Story 4
$248,000
23%
243
0
$1,021
$433,331,004
16
Disney


9
Brittany Runs A Marathon
$194,586
-70%
348
-569
$559
$6,807,241
7
Amazon Studios


10
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
$100,000
-24%
145
-112
$690
$22,114,825
8
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures


11
Aladdin
$63,000
-28%
105
-19
$600
$355,476,228
20
Disney


12
Ready or Not
$54,000
-61%
125
-76
$432
$28,614,107
7
Fox Searchlight


13
The Art of Racing in the Rain
$52,000
-28%
103
-46
$505
$26,252,078
9
20th Century Fox





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Pain and Glory
$160,087

4

$40,022
$160,087
1
Sony Pictures Classics


2
Where’s My Roy Cohn?
$83,435
54%
26
14
$3,209
$225,832
3
Sony Pictures Classics


3
Promare
$81,925
-33%
33
2
$2,483
$1,243,762
3
GKIDS


4
First Love
$60,625
187%
40
38
$1,516
$91,963
2
Well Go USA Entertainment


5
Official Secrets
$55,341
-63%
99
-161
$559
$1,817,183
6
IFC Films


6
Lucy In The Sky
$55,000

37

$1,486
$55,000
1
Fox Searchlight


7
The Farewell
$38,810
-46%
40
-35
$970
$17,564,795
13
A24


8
Monos
$35,100
-48%
45
12
$780
$287,950
4
Neon


9
Chhichhore
$35,000
-74%
33
-45
$1,061
$1,992,134
5
FIP


10
Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool
$23,655
-50%
17
-14
$1,391
$465,662
7
Abramorama


11
Honeyland
$17,000
-23%
31
-9
$548
$649,284
11
Neon


12
Fantastic Fungi
$16,015
-19%
3
0
$5,338
$68,393
3
Area 23a


13
Britt-Marie Was Here
$10,702
121%
9
1
$1,189
$25,267
3
Cohen Media Group


14
Tel Aviv on Fire
$7,329
38%
5
1
$1,466
$485,123
10
Cohen Media Group


15
Luce
$5,325
-71%
17
-19
$313
$2,008,307
10
NEON


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