News // 'JOKER' RETURNS TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE

Todd Phillips's divisive hit has broken the record for R-rated films.



Though it bowed to Maleficent 2 (#2) last weekend, Todd Phillips's Joker (#1) has returned to the top of the box office, breaking the record for R-rated films along the way. With $18.9 million, the film has now earned $277.5 million, domestically. That's the seventh-highest ever for an R-rated film in North America. But, it takes its global total up to almost $850 million. That's enough to earn it the title of highest-earning R-rated film of all time.


Countdown (#5) performed the best of the weekend's newest films. STXfilm's released the horror film, earning $9 million in its debut. Black and Blue (#6) followed, earning $83 million. The action/thriller earned an A+ CinemaScore, which could bode well for its box office, despite its mediocre reviews from critics.


A24's The Lighthouse (#8) expanded to 586 locations, earning $3.08 million. The niche film will continue to expand over the coming weeks as it feels out its awards chances.


Leaving the Top Ten this week are box office surprises Downtown Abbey (#11) and Judy (#13), critic fave Hustlers (#22), and blockbuster It: Chapter Two.


Next weekend, Terminator: Dark Fate is likely to take over the top spot, while The Irishman gets its limited release from Netflix. Harriet opens wide, and Motherless Brooklyn hopes to woo audiences and earn some awards buzz.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. JOKER - $18.9 million

2. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL - $18.53 million

3. THE ADDAMS FAMILY - $11.7 million

4. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP - $11.6 million

5. COUNTDOWN - $9 million

6. BLACK AND BLUE - $8.3 million

7. GEMINI MAN - $4 million

8. THE LIGHTHOUSE - $3 million

9. THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR'S CUT - $2.73 million

10. ABOMINABLE - $2 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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