‘Joker’ Destroys ‘Gemini Man’ At The Box Office As Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Sets Records

The Playlist | 10/13/2019 | Charles Barfield
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In a weekend that saw the debuts of a new animated film with a strong IP, “The Addams Family,” and a new big-budget action film, “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith and directed by Ang Lee, no one would have probably guessed that the second weekend of an R-rated Joaquin Phoenix film would not only beat those two films but in such a dominant fashion. But then again, who could have predicted just how much money “Joker” would make? Clearly not Paramount, as the studio would have likely picked another weekend to debut “Gemini Man.”

In its second weekend, the biggest box office story remains Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” Earning an estimated $55 million in its second frame, the R-rated comic book film about Batman’s greatest villain dropped a minuscule -42%, which is downright absurd for a film of this size. After a record-breaking opening, many assumed that the inflated debut for “Joker” would lead to a larger drop in the next weekend, as is the case for 99% of blockbusters. So, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see a decline of around -60% weekend-to-weekend. But dropping less than -50% and actually almost 10 points less than even that, is astonishing.

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Through 10 days, “Joker” now sits at a domestic total of $193 million and a worldwide gross of $544 million. For a film that reportedly only carries a $55 million production budget, these numbers would have been incredible for a total box office run, let alone just after 10 days. While it’s probably unfair to compare these totals to films that are more than a decade old, “Joker” is now only roughly $10 million behind “Batman Begins,” which is the first in the franchise from director Christopher Nolan. As for more recent DC comics debuts, “Joker” now has “Justice League” clearly in its...
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