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Joker Delivers a Record October Opening


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.

Abominable Tops the Weekend Box Office


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.

Downton Abbey Takes First with a Record for Focus Features

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey won the weekend with an estimated $31 million. That’s Focus Features’ largest opening ever.

The film opened with an audience that was 74% female and the audience was 60% aged 35 or older. The film received an “A” CinemaScore and has a 96% audience score on RottenTomatoes and 7.8/10 on IMBD as of this post.

Internationally, the film opened in 17 markets last weekend and added 15 this week for 32 total. The film brought in an estimated $10 million to bring its international total to $30.8 million for a worldwide total of $61.8 million so far.

It was a close race for second as Ad Astra barely beat Rambo: Last Blood. Ad Astra earned an estimated $19.2 million, not great for a film with an $80-$100 million budget. The film also earned an estimated $26 million from 44 markets.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore and had an audience that was 54% male and 73% aged 25 or older.

Rambo: Last Blood was third with an estimated $19 million which was just ahead of the previous chapter’s $18.2 million debut. Audiences gave that film a “B” CinemaScore and the audience was 66% male.

It: Chapter Two dropped to fourth place with an estimated $17.2 million domestically to bring that total to $179.2 million. It’s the third-largest R-rated horror film domestically of all-time.

Rounding out the top five was Hustlers with an estimated $17 million to bring its domestic total to $62.5 million. It also added $3 million from 18 markets for a foreign total just shy of $10 million.

In comic based films…

Spider-Man: Far From Home earned an estimated $340,000 after 12 weeks to bring its domestic total to $389.7 million.

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

Movie Review: It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two

They say you can’t run from your past. To ignore it is to repeat it.  They also say that the past is a mistress past shared. But I beg to differ. If the past is a mistress that is a terrifying long-limbed clown with yellow eyes, sharp teeth, and a red balloon then (by all means) leave that past behind you. Or better yet, just kill the damn thing. Clowns are creepy as hell!

If you have not guessed by now, I am referring to the second installment, the final chapter of the It movie. A movie I found to be surprisingly heartfelt and emotional when, of course, Pennywise the Dancing Clown was not drooling and about to tear into some young unsuspecting flesh.

Granted, and you many find this shocking; I DID NOT READ THE BOOK. Yet from what I read online this sequel was a faithful adaption to the novel with some minor changes. The start of the movie was brutal and jarring. If you read the book, you will know exactly what I’m referring to. The scene at the carnival was a gut punch to my soul; a still relevant reminder to what marginalized people deal with today. The irrational “need” to attack those who are different than you, those who do not fit, those who do not conform is still being perpetrated by monsters in 2019.  And the scary thing about it they look just like you and me. Yes, my heart broke, but it would not be the first time during the course of this movie.

But let me slow down. And focus on the bigger cast— the Losers Club. I found myself thoroughly touched by the bond between them all grown up, collectively successful, but united by a shared history drenched in blood, terror, and red balloons. Each and every actor has brought this authenticity to their respective characters. And can I say that the casting was top notch?!

Actually, I found myself smiling when they all met up at (slight spoiler) the Jade of the Orient. The passage of time was stamped out as these grown friends laughed and reminisced about the good times shared in that fateful summer of 1989. Sure, there were not many, but enough to forge a bond borne of commitment, sacrifice, unity, and, well, blood. Literally. They consecrated a pact that fateful summer which led to them reuniting 27 years later once Pennywise emerged from his deep slumber to terrorize Derry, Maine once more.

As stated before, I found each character of the ensemble cast to be enjoyable. None without their flaws to balance their inherent strengths. The adults building on what their younger counterparts began in the first movie that was released in 2017.

It: Chapter Two

Bill Denbrough played by James McAvoy was still very much the leader of this ragtag team of muta… er… misfits in 2019 as eh was in 1989. I love how he was willing to lend an open ear and open heart once the truth emerged behind the reason for their reunion. I was waiting for the stutter and was not disappointed. McAvoy played the hell out of the role and I loved when he got distressed which made him even more determined to do what was right. And, guys, that Funhouse scene with the mirrors will give you a nightmare.

Beverly Marsh played by Jessica Chastain continues to be the enigmatic, flame-haired siren. Broken by her father, but still very much a survivor which you see early on in the movie. I love Jessica. She always brings a vulnerability and softness to her roles. Yes, even kinda in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. But the less said about that movie the better. “Your hair is winter fire, January embers.” This line suddenly reminds me of Jean Grey. Jessica would have been great… Malachi, focus!

Mike Hanlon played by Isaiah Mustafa was easily the heart and soul of the group. At least to me. As expected with him being the librarian, he was also their memory and purpose. Having lost his family early on to a fire, it was no surprise that he bonded so deeply with the other Losers. He was fierce, determined, and relentless in the pursuit of knowledge necessary to calling back his family not borne of his flesh to combat an evil so alien and corrosive. He had that—wait for it— “Old Spice” about him. Lol.

Ben Hanscom played by Jay Ryan, to me, was great casting on so many levels. For starters, I love how the “ugly duckling” (ugh, I hate that term) became this swan with, well, abs. If you are at all familiar with what I am talking about then you already know. If not, check out CW’s “Beauty & the Beast”. You’ll thank me later. But just like his younger counterpart, Ben was the sweetest, most adorable, and sensitive Loser of them all. Content to remain on sidelines even as shown with his introduction into the movie. He remained the same at heart even though he transformed everything else about his life. He is the poster boy for the “Glow Up”. I am envious.

Eddie Kaspbrak played by James Ransone intrigued me. He was another one who was cast perfectly. For his entire life fear restricted him. Sterile environments kept him imprisoned. But you see his character start to evolve throughout the course of the movie which was a beautiful sight. His one-liners were on par with Richie Tozier’s. I am always here for some good banter. But yes, he turned out to be the bravest one. Go figure.

Richie Tozier played by Bill Hader was such a treat! His introduction made me turn my face, but the follow up had me laughing hysterically. And this is something I would do throughout the movie whenever he opened his mouth to say anything. Levity in such a dark situation is needed. “Gallows humor” is what they call it, right? His humor hid a certain truth which was acknowledged in this movie. Fans of the book have already discussed this online. The memes are amazing. Look them up!

Stanley Uris played by Andy Bean was easily the most fragile of the Losers Club then and now.  Oh, and also great casting yet again! I admit I was shocked at a revelation (again, I did not read the book), but he showed that he was the true visionary and perhaps the most in touch with himself. But what do we do to visionaries in fiction? What do we do to them so that others enjoy life more? I will give you a moment.

It/Pennywise the Dancing Clown by Alexander Skarsgård was AMAZING.  Alexander is easily the creepiest of the famous Skarsgård brothers. If you’ve seen Netflix’s Hemlock Grove you’ll know what I’m talking about.  Already super tall at 6’4 and in that tattered attire, Skarsgård truly set himself apart from Tim Curry’s iconic Pennywise. Bone-chilling with the wine-colored eyes promising death, this is not one clown you want to make a balloon animal for you. I foresee a plethora of Pennywises this Halloween. I am prepared for the Ritual of Chud if need be.

Before I bring this to a close, I want to tell you about a scene that has been shown in the trailers. A scene meant to scare us, but instead, it had me literally lol’ing in the theater. THE OLD WOMAN. Omigawd. The blank stare, her peeking from around the corner, and her lil naked shimmy while having a seizure, gave me life! I see her dance being all the rage at cookouts.


I recommend that you go see It: Chapter Two. You will jump at parts of the movie. You will even laugh. But you will definitely see the genuine hard work breathed into this film by the cast and crew. It sheds light on past childhood trauma and how it can echo throughout our adult lives. But like that old woman said “nothing ever stays dead ”.

It: Chapter Two Floats to First at the Box Office

It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two took the top spot at the box office with a $91 million domestic debut. That trails the first film’s $123 million opening in 2017 but was within the studio expectations. It’s also the second-largest horror film opening behind the original It.

The likely reason for the film’s lagging box office is that it failed to attract women. Women tend to be the majority audience for horror films but It: Chapter Two only saw 47% of the audience being female compared to the first’s 51%. The audience was also a bit older with 67% being aged 25 or older compared to 65% for the first film. The movie did get a “B+” CinemaScore, the same as the first film. Other ratings weren’t so kind as the sequel lags behind the first in user ratings.

Internationally, the film opened in 75 markets. It earned an estimated $94 million leading to a worldwide debut of $185 million.

Angel Has Fallen earned an estimated $6 million to come in second place. After three weeks, the film has earned just shy of $53.5 million.

In third place was Good Boys which added an estimated $5.4 million to its total to bring its domestic total to $66.8 million. It also added $2.3 million from 28 international markets to bring that total to $15.6 million and a worldwide total of $82.4 million.

The Lion King was in fourth place after eight weeks at the box office. The film earned an estimated $4.2 million. It also added $13.4 million internationally. The film has earned $529.1 million domestically, $1.070 billion internationally, and $1.599 billion worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Overcomer which brought in an estimated $3.8 million to bring the $5 million dollar film’s domestic total to $24.7 million.

In comic films…

Spider-Man: Far From Home dipped after last week’s bump coming in at #13 for the weekend. The film added $1.2 million to its total to bring that to $388.1 million.

Avengers: Endgame held on and came in at #42 with an estimated $12,000 to bring its domestic total to $858.4 million after 20 weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper look at 2019’s comic film releases.