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‘Joker’ maintains box office dominance while ‘The Addams Family’ opens strong

by Ace Damon
'Joker' maintains box office dominance while 'The Addams Family' opens strong

Warner Bros.'s "Joker" kept top spot at the box office for the second consecutive weekend, adding $ 55 million (down only 43%) for a cumulative total of $ 192.7 million, according to Comscore measurement company. Globally, the movie has earned more than half a billion dollars, with $ 543.9 million.

The result is the second largest weekend ever in October. Comparatively, last year, "Venom" dropped 56.4% to $ 35 million on its second weekend, with an average per screen of $ 8,237. "Joker" earned an impressive $ 12,574 per screen.

Secondly, MGM and United Artists Releasing opened the animation "The Addams Family" re-imagining with $ 30.3 million.

The film brings Addams family classics Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, and Pugsley to modern day New Jersey. Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney and Snoop Dogg are among the stars who lent their voices.

He received a mixed reception with a B + CinemaScore, but a 43% "rotten" rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.

In third place, Paramount's Will Smith action thriller "Gemini Man" debuted at $ 20.5 million, below analysts' projections of $ 24 million to $ 29 million. Internationally, it earned $ 31.1 million for a cumulative global weekend of $ 51.6 million. After opening in five international markets last weekend, the film reaches $ 59.5 million worldwide.

The $ 138 million movie stars Smith as an assassin forced to fight a younger clone of himself. Clive Owen, Benedict Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also star.

Director Ang Lee recommended that the film be experienced in 3-D +, where it grossed 26% of ticket sales this weekend. He received a mixed reception with a B + CinemaScore, but a 26% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In a limited version, Neon opened Bong Joon Ho's Palme d'Or winner Parasite in three locations to $ 376,264 for a screen average of $ 125,421, the highest average at the box office since " La La Land "of 2016.

The result is the highest per-screen average of all time for a foreign language film and is among the top 20 specialty openings since 1982, according to Box Office Mojo. The film earned a rare 99% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fourth, Universal's "Abominable" added $ 6.2 million on its third weekend to $ 48 million. Globally, the film earned $ 108.1 million.

Rounding out the top five, Focus Features' "Downton Abbey" added $ 4.9 million for its fourth weekend, totaling $ 82.7 million. It is currently $ 152.7 million in worldwide revenue.

Sixth, STX Entertainment's "Hustlers" added $ 3.9 million on their fifth weekend to $ 98 million.

In 7th place, "Judy" of Roadside Attractions added $ 3.3 million on its third weekend, accumulating $ 15 million.

Eighth, Warner Bros. "It Chapter Two" added $ 3.2 million on its sixth weekend for $ 207 million accumulated.

In 9th place, CBS Films and Lionsgate comedy "Jexi" debuted with a sad $ 3.1 million.

The film is the final release of CBS Films before being absorbed by the CBS Corp. Entertainment Group. Adam Devine stars as a smartphone-addicted man whose life bus Siri, named Jexi, becomes arrogant. He received a warm reception with a B-CinemaScore and a rotten rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the top 10, Fox's "Ad Astra" added $ 1.9 million in its fourth weekend for $ 47 million accumulated.

Sony Pictures Classics' "Pain and Glory" by director Pedro Almodovar added $ 289,147 and 19 rentals on its second weekend, with a screen average of $ 12,572 and a cumulative $ 574,571.

Fathom Events aired "Metropolitan Opera: Turandot" at 1,000 venues for $ 1.6 million.

This week Buena Vista opens "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" and Sony and Columbia Pictures debut the comedy "Zombieland 2: Double Tap". Fox Searchlight reveals the limited comedy "Jojo Rabbit".

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