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Joker Repeats in First and The Addams Family Takes Second

Joker

Despite some solid competition, Joker held on to the top spot at the weekend box office domestically, internationally, and worldwide. The film has earned almost $544 million in twelve days.

Joker earned an estimated $55 million dipping just 43% in its second weekend. Domestically, the film has earned $192.7 million after ten days in release. It’s the largest October second weekend ever beating Gravity’s $43.2 million in 2013.

Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $123.7 million from 79 markets. The film has earned $351.2 million at the foreign box office so far.

In second place was the newcomer The Addams Family which beat expectations. The movie earned an estimated $30.3 million over the three days. The film earned a “B+” CinemaScore with women making up 59% of the opening weekend crowd. 48% of that crowd was under the age of 17.

In third was another debut film Gemini Man which earned $20.5 million over the three days. The film also earned a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The audience was male which made up 56% with 53% of the crowd aged under 30.

Abominable came in fourth place with an estimated $6.2 million in its third week. The film has earned $47.9 million domestically. It also added $15 million internationally from 52 markets to bring the foreign total to $60.1 million and a worldwide total of $108.1 million.

Rounding out the top five was Downton Abbey which added $4.9 million to its domestic total after its fourth week. Domestically the film has earned $82.7 million. Internationally the film added $4.1 million to bring the foreign total to $70 million to bring its worldwide earnings to $152.7 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper look at 2019’s comic adaptations at the box office.

Joker Delivers a Record October Opening

Joker

It was a given that Joker would top the weekend box office but a record setting weekend wasn’t a given for the R-rated film.

Joker was the top film domestically and earned $234 million worldwide. With an estimated $93.5 million, the film had the largest October domestic opening ever. It beat Venom which earned $80.25 million. Justice League earned $93.8 million when it opened in November 2017 and when final receipts are in Joker could top that.

The film also earned the fourth largest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film. Its preview grosses of $13.3 million was also a record for October preview grosses.

The audience gave the film a “B+” CinemaScore with those under 35 giving it an “A-“. On various rating sites, the film enjoyed good reviews, especially from audiences.

Internationally, the film debuted in 73 markets where it earned $140.5 million. The film opens in France and Germany later this week.

Abominable came in second place for its second weekend earning an estimated $12 million. The film opened in China where it earned $11.2 million. Internationally it earned $24.6 million from 44 markets. Worldwide, the film has earned $76.3 million.

Downton Abbey was in third place in its third week. The film earned an estimated $8 million to bring its domestic total to $73.6 million. The film also added $6.6 million to its international total which is now $61.8 million for a worldwide total of $135.4 million.

Hustlers came in fourth place bringing in an estimated $6.3 million. Internationally, the film added $1.9 million. Domestically it has earned $91.3 million, internationally $18.7 million and worldwide $110 million.

Rounding out the top five was It: Chapter Two which earned an estimated $5.4 million in its fifth week. It’s the third R-rated film ever to top $200 million domestically. Internationally, the film earned $5.6 million from 78 markets for an international total of $234.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $436.7 million and still has top open in Japan which happens in November 1.

We’ll be back in an hour when we do a deeper dive into 2019’s comic movie adaptations.

Movie Review: Abominable

Abominable

Abominable is a movie we’ve seen dozens of times before, so even though it runs on rails it isn’t altogether bad. The one thing that switches it up even a little bit is its Chinese setting. In the dozen of other iterations of this film, this would have always been set in America. Likely the most interesting thing about Abominable is what it says about the future of Sino-American relations and global culture as even American animation studios with American creative teams try to go after the Chinese market more explicitly.

But otherwise, this is just an animated E.T. with a Yeti.

Our main story revolves around Yi, a teenage girl played by Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of Shield), herself a Chinese-American, who finds this runaway creature, befriends it and decides she needs to take it back to Mount Everest where it came from. This trip ends up mirroring a planned trip that she and her recently deceased father had always meant to go on. The trip ends up healing her and her grief as they discover more and more of the yeti, who she names Everest, and his magical powers.

But also this seems like a tourist travel video promoting the beautiful and varied landscapes of China. If this movie had been set in America, they would have stopped at the iconic places we all would think of– Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, etc. They do the same with the Gobi Desert and the Yangtze River as it seems Everest’s most powerful magic is to completely distort space and time so that each of these things are within walking distance of one another. But hey, it’s a kids movie.

The animation is crisp and beautiful. It’s everything we expect DreamWorks to do. Everest’s playful design is quite reminiscent of another Dreamworks Animation main creature– Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon films. Kids will absolutely love him.

It’s also worth noting that writer and director Jill Culton is a veteran of Pixar who worked on not only the Monsters, Inc. films but also several of the Toy Storys. Everest is essentially Sully mixed with Toothless, and that’s not a bad combination. But as I said, we’ve seen this movie before. And frankly, it’s been done better. Monsters, Inc IS this movie, except the human Boo is the magical monster. But if you’re going to steal, then stealing from that and ET isn’t a bad place to start.

One of the most interesting choices of the film is that its antagonists, played by Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson read as English and American. That can’t be accidental, as it’s their greed, pride, etc that leads them to want to capture the yeti for their own nefarious purposes. It’s hard not to read something into that, although perhaps it’s completely earned.

Or perhaps we shouldn’t read anything more into it oh, the same way we don’t particularly read Maleficent or Cruella Deville as being “English” in an American context. Maybe it’s just a cute movie about a teenage girl and her friends who go on a magical adventure with a yeti.

Regardless, while you can do far better then this by-the-numbers animated film, you can also do much worse. If your kids drag you to Abominable, you won’t hate it, and you might even enjoy aspects of it. It’s not Pixar or How to Train Your Dragon, but it’s trying to be. And that’s not so terrible.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Abominable Tops the Weekend Box Office

Abominable

Abominable won the weekend with an estimated $20.9 million. That’s the largest opening for an original animated film in 2019. It’s also only one of three original films to top the box office in North America in 2019.

Internationally, the film is playing in 30 foreign territories where it brought in $8.8 million.

That $31.1 million is far short the $75 million budget and with the animated Adams Family film around the corner, the film may struggle to turn a profit. The film did get a good word of mouth with an “A” CinemaScore and a 96% score currently on RottenTomatoes which all gives it a fighting chance.

In second place was Downton Abbey which brought in an estimated $14.5 million in its second weekend. It also added $10 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has earned $107.1 million so far.

Hustlers dropped just 32% for an estimated $11.5 million over the three days. The domestic total is now over $80 million. The film also added $3 million internationally to bring that total to $14.8 million and a worldwide total of $95.4 million.

In fourth place was It: Chapter Two which earned an estimated $10.4 million. That’s just a 32% dip in its fourth week. The film has eanred $193.9 million domestically. Internationally it added $11 million to bring that total to $223.5 million for a worldwide total of $417.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was Ad Astra which dropped from second the previous week. The film earned an estimated $10.1 million in its second week to bring its domestic total to $35.5 million. The film also earned $18 million overseas from 50 markets to bring that total to $53.5 million.

No comic films made the top 37 listing but we’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019’s films.