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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Beats the Clown Prince of Crime For Weekend Box Office

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This past weekend  two new sequels were released with Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil domineering the chart as predicted eventhough it did not make as much as expected. The other sequel, Sony’s Zombieland: Double Tap actually did make more then expected even with a limited release while WB’s Joker continued to build on its success and will soon reach $250 million domestically. Elsewhere, Neon’s Parasite, A24’s The Lighthouse and Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit all had strong showings in limited release.

With earnings estimated at $36 million, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil came in 1st place at the weekend box office, but failed to reach studio or industry expectations. The numbers also show it made nearly half of the $69.4 million opening the 1st film earned back in 2014. Overall, moviegoers were 56% female and 54% were aged 25 or older, compared to 60% female for the original, which also played a little younger.

Maleficent was also released worldwide in all major markets, making an estimated $117 million for a $153 million global debut. It made the most in China with a $22.4 million followed by Russia ($10.7m), Mexico ($7.8m), Indonesia ($4.8m), Italy ($4.7m), Korea ($4.6m), Brazil ($4.5m), UK ($4.3m), France ($3.9m), Thailand ($3.7m), Philippines ($3.5m), Germany ($3.4m) and Spain ($3.2m).

WB’s Joker took 2nd place, falling -48% in its third weekend in release. The film’s three-day estimate comes in at $29.2 million for a domestic total that now just surpasses $247 million. Internationally, the film added another $77.8 million for an overseas cume that now tops $490 million and a worldwide total that now stands at $737.5 million.

Coming in 3rd at the US boxoffice is Sony’s Zombieland: Double Tap, bringing in an estimated $26.7 million for the three-day weekend. For a sequel it actual did better then its predecessor, outperforming the $24.7 million opening for Zombieland. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to a crowd that was 57% male — which is almost the exact opposite compared to the first film — and 56% of the overall audience was aged 25+.

Internationally, Double Tap debuted in one market last weekend but is now playing in 17 overseas markets where it grossed $5 million this weekend for a cume that currently stands at $5.3 million. The UK led all markets with a $1.7 million performance this weekend followed by Australia with a $1.3 million debut. Looking ahead, the film will open in Russia, Brazil and Mexico next weekend followed by openings in France (Oct 30), Germany (Nov 7), South Korea (Nov 13), Italy (Nov 14) and Japan (Nov 22).

In its second weekend of release, United Artists Releasing’s animated comedy The Addams Family grossed an estimated $16.05 million over the weekend, pushing the film’s domestic cume to $56.8 million after ten days in release.

Rounding out the top five is Paramount’s Gemini Man falling at -59% as it kicks off its second week with an estimated $8.5 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $36.5 million. Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $33.4 million this weekend, the bulk of which coming from a $21 million opening in China. The film’s overseas cume now stands at $82.2 million for a global total reaching $118.7 million.

Outside of the top five, Focus’s Downton Abbey reached a milestone recently, becoming the studio’s highest grossing film ever at the domestic box office. With an estimated $3.08 million as it enters its fifth week in release, the film’s domestic cume now stands at $88.6 million, besting the previous record held by 2005’s Brokeback Mountain with $83 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at the worldwide box-office (in millions of USD):

01. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – 153

02. Joker – 107

03. Gemini Man – 41.9

04. Zombieland: Double Tap – 32

05. One Piece: Stampede – 21.8

06. The Captain – 17.8

07. The Addams Family – 16

08. Abominable – 12.7

09. My People, My Country – 8.4

10. Downton Abbey – 5.6

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes

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