News // MALEFICENT BREAKS JOKER'S BOX OFFICE STREAK

Downton Abbey officially becomes Focus's highest-grossing film in history.



As projected, Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (#1) debuted in first place, unseating Joker (#2) from its first-place spot.


Domestically, Joker is still performing highly. The film will soon cross $250 million in the North American market. Internationally, the film has earned just under $740 million.


Maleficent's $36 million opening fell a little below the studio's expectations and opened at about half of the box office of the first film in 2014. With an A CinemaScore, the sequel should continue to bring in profits for a few more weeks.


Sony also released a sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap (#3), but it earned a little over studio estimates. Its $26.7 million haul was higher than its predecessor, which opened in 2009 with $24.7 million.


Over the weekend, box office hit Downton Abbey (#7) has officially become Focus's highest-grossing film in the studio's history. The film has now earned $88.6 million, edging above 2005's Brokeback Mountain.


In limited release, Parasite (#11) is amping up for a spectacular awards season. The film from Neon played in 33 locations this weekend, earning $1.2 million. A24's The Lighthouse (#16) entered into the race, as well, at 8 locations for its first weekend. It earned $419,764. The film, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, will expand to over 500 locations next weekend.


And, TIFF audience winner Jojo Rabbit (#17) opened to limited locations, earning $350,000.


Leaving the Top Ten this week are comedy Jexi and space drama Ad Astra.


Next weekend, Black and Blue will open to around 2,000 locations, STX opens horror film Countdown, and 101 Studios will finally release The Current War.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL - $36 million

2. JOKER - $29.2 million

3. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP - $26.7 million

4. THE ADDAMS FAMILY - $16 million

5. GEMINI MAN - $8.5 million

6. ABOMINABLE - $3.5 million

7. DOWNTON ABBEY - $3 million

8. JUDY - $2.055 million

9. HUSTLERS - $2.050 million

10. IT: CHAPTER TWO - $1.5 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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