‘Joker’ passes £40m at UK box office as ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ falters

Screen | 10/21/2019 | Ben Dalton
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Supervillain origin story Joker topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, adding £5.5m to take it to £40.3m in total.

The film scored an £8,047 site average, proving a very impressive total for a third session. It also held off the challenge of three strong new openers in the top five: Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil; Zombieland: Double Tap; and A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.

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Its 44% third-weekend drop was better than all major comic book adaptations this year to date, apart from Alita: Battle Angel in February, which was coming from a much lower total.

After just three weekends, Joker has risen to fourth spot in the UK’s 2019 box office rankings, passing the £39.9m of Captain Marvel in fifth.

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It is now Warner Bros’ highest-grossing title in the UK since 2017’s Dunkirk, and with a strong tail could reach the £56.8m of Christopher Nolan’s war film.

It: Chapter Two added £36,000 for £18.9m; while a re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror The Shining grossed £12,800, ahead of the planned October 30 release of Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining.

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Franchise sequel Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil had a slow start to its box office run, taking £3.3m with a £5,372 screen average for second place in the chart and behind the £3.8m opening of first Maleficent in 2014.

This puts it comfortably behind the opening of Disney’s other tentpole releases this year, including Captain Marvel (£12.8m), Dumbo (£6.1m), Avengers: Endgame (£31.4m), Aladdin (£5.7m), Toy Story 4 (£13.3m) and The Lion King (£16.7m).

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, another Disney title, also pipped it with £3.33m in January.

Disney will hope the autumn half term, starting today (Monday, October 21) in most schools, will give the Angelina Jolie movie a boost.

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