The box office was dominated by villains and sequels, while Disney and Buena Vista's "Malevolent Evil Lover" toppled "Joker" from first place after two weekend dominance.
The $ 185 million movie, starring Angelina Jolie as the "Sleeping Beauty" Witch, debuted at a disappointing $ 36 million, well below analysts' projections of $ 45 million to $ 50 million, according to company estimates. Comscore Internationally, it earned $ 117 million for a global cumulative of $ 153 million.
It received a mixed reception with A CinemaScore, but a rotten rating of 41% on the Rotten Tomatoes review site.
Following the 2014 Malevolent sequel, the sequel failed to recapture the allure of the first film, which opened with $ 69.4 million in North America, en route to $ 758 million in global ticket sales. The result may reflect the fatigue among Disney live action remake viewers after artists like "Dumbo" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass."
Overall box office fell 18.1% from the same weekend last year, and the year-to-date box fell 5%. However, it was a particularly strong weekend for special films.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight opened Taika Waititi's Holocaust comedy "Jojo Rabbit" in five locations for $ 350,000 for an impressive $ 70,000 screen average, one of the year's top box office. He got a 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
A24 opened "The Lighthouse" in eight locations, to $ 419,764, for a strong average per screen of $ 52,471. He earned 93% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Meanwhile, Neon's "Parasite" added 30 locations for a total of 33, earning $ 1.2 million on its second weekend for a staggering $ 37,616 per screen average and an accumulated $ 1.8 million. The critically acclaimed Bong Joon Ho had a 233% increase over its opening weekend, finishing out of the top 10.
Second, the Warner Bros. "Joker". added $ 29.2 million for $ 247.2 million accumulated. Worldwide, it surpassed the $ 700 million mark after just three weeks in theaters, currently at $ 737.5 million.
In third place, Sony's "Zombieland: Double Tap" debuted with $ 26.7 million.
Original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin return a decade later to the sequel alongside newcomers Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch.
The first "Zombieland" debuted with $ 24.7 million in 2009, reaching $ 102.4 million in global revenues. An early entry into the zombie revival earned an A-CinemaScore and a 90% “new” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. By comparison, "Zombieland 2" earned a BScore CinemaScore and a 67% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fourth, United Artists Releasing's animated remake "The Addams Family" added $ 16.1 million on its second weekend (a 47% drop) for a cumulative total of $ 56.6 million.
Rounding out the top five, Paramount's "Gemini Man" added $ 8.5 million on its second weekend (a 59% drop) for a cumulative total of $ 36.5 million, a terrible result for the feature film. $ 138 million. Globally, the movie grossed $ 82.2 million.
Sixth, Universal's "Disgusting" added $ 3.5 million on its fourth weekend to $ 53.9 million.
Seventh, Focus Features "Downton Abbey" added $ 3 million on its fifth weekend to $ 88.6 million.
In 8th place, "Judy" of Roadside Attractions added $ 2.05 million on its fourth weekend to $ 19 million.
Ninth, STX Entertainment's "Hustlers" added $ 2.06 million on their sixth weekend. The film surpassed the $ 100 million mark this weekend, racking up $ 101.9 million, marking a major victory for the beleaguered STX.
Completing the top 10, "It Chapter Two" from Warner Bros. added $ 1.5 million on its seventh weekend for a cumulative $ 209.7 million.
Saban Films began their Kevin Smith Jay & Silent Bob Reboot concert tour in Asbury Park, New York with $ 93,520 for a cumulative total of $ 1.1 million, including Fathom Events exhibitions during the week.
This week, Sony's Screen Gems reveals the crime drama "Black and Blue", STX Entertainment opens the horror "Countdown" and 101 Studios releases "The Current War: Director's Cut."