Joker retained his crown while The Addams Family snapped their way to a strong second place.
As we inch closer to Halloween, the box office seems primed for action. Coming off a record setting debut, Joker continued to deliver big numbers both home and abroad. United Artists’ animated version of The Addams Family also ran the scoreboard, delivering the largest opening for the franchise to date. A few of the other wide releases stumbled, but overall we are looking at a very healthy box office as October hits its midpoint.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office was down slightly from last week, about 9%. Despite this, it was up a percentage point from last year, delivering the second best take for the Columbus Day weekend on record.
The macro numbers for 2019 are all looking good. The October totals look poised to challenge 2014’s record, we’re pacing ahead of last year’s record setting pace for total Fall earnings, and we’ve shrunk the gap between 2018 and 2019’s total earnings to just 5%. With two big releases due out next week, Zombieland 2 and Maleficent 2, and at least three wide releases scheduled for each week remaining in the month, October 2019 is full steam ahead.
Top Film One Year Ago: Venom.
Top Film Ten Years Ago: Couples Retreat.
Top Three Films.
Joker continued to cackle in the top spot, adding 55 million dollars to its domestic totals. At home the film has raked in just shy of 200 million dollars in two weeks, and it is sitting on an impressive 543 million dollars worldwide.
The Addams Family put up ghoulish numbers of their own, staking out second place with 30 million dollars. It is the second biggest opening of the year for United Artists, after The Hustle, and it is the largest box office debut for The Addams Family franchise to date.
Ang Lee’s Gemini Man rounded out the top three with a disappointing 20 million dollars. The film drags a hefty 140 million dollar budget behind it. Global totals for the film currently track at just shy of 60 million dollars, and given the abysmal critical reception it received, it is all uphill from here.
The third wide release of the frame, Jexi, saw mixed results. It took in 3 million dollars, barely cracking the top ten, but the film had a micro budget of just 5 million dollars. I’d say critical reception was terrible, but film goers seems not to have seen it in sufficient numbers for it to really have established a baseline.
For limited release films, Bong Joon-Ho’s thriller Parasite put up astounding numbers in just three theaters. It took in 376 thousand dollars for a theater average of 125K per theater. That’s in the two twenty all time for per-screen averages. The film has already taken home a Palme D’Or at Cannes and rave reviews from critics, so a national expansion looks like a sure bet.