Joker wins weekend box office

Controversy didn’t stop fans from coming out in record numbers for Warner Bros. new film, Joker, as the DC Comics-based film scored the biggest October opening ever at the Weekend Box Office. The Joaquin Phoenix-led film made over $96 million in its first three days, and both fans and critics have spoken out on the film’s dark, twisted, and violent origin story of Batman’s greatest enemy.

In second place this week was the animated film, Abominable, which made another $11.9 million. The Universal Pictures family film had been in first place after a strong opening weekend last week.

The sophisticated Downton Abbey served up a third place finish this week with $7.9 million, and a three-week cumulative of $73.6 million. The continued success of a film like Abbey shows that there is something for everyone at the weekend box office as the industry slides into its annual awards season.

Downton Abbey was in third place this week

Coming up in fourth place was Hustlers with $6.3 million and over $91 million for its lifetime. The Jennifer Lopez-led ensemble about strippers robbing Wall Street clients, which is based on a true story, had a budget of $20 million, making this a monster hit multiple times over.

The success of Joker at the weekend box office this week capped off a very good month of deranged Clowns for Warner Bros., as IT Chapter Two scored huge numbers when it released in September, and was still good enough for the top five this week, with $5.3 million, proving once again that violent clowns are crowd pleasers. The IT sequel has made over $202 million in five weeks of release.

Check out the top 10 films at the Weekend Box Office for October 4-6, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

  1. Joker – Warner Bros. – $96,202,337
  2. Abominable – Universal  – $11,921,855
  3. Downton Abbey – Focus – $7,989,920
  4. Hustlers – STX – $6,393,824
  5. IT Chapter Two – Warner Bros. – $5,317,529
  6. Judy – Roadside Attractions – $4,598,798
  7. Ad Astra – Fox – $4,191,582
  8. Rambo: Last Blood – Lionsgate – $3,599,858
  9. War – Yash Raj – $1,607,627
  10. Good Boys – Universal – $890,095

It’s interesting to note that War, the ninth place film this week, made over $1.6 million on only 305 screens. The high octane action film from India was a massive hit in per-screen weekend box office totals. Check out the trailer below.

With awards season upon us, studios will be rolling out some big guns in the coming weeks, and the weekend box office totals will begin to fluctuate like the stock market. Check back with us as we continue to cover the results throughout the season.

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