‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,’ ‘Joker’ Battling for Box Office Crown

Variety | 10/26/2019 | Erin Nyren
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The Clown Prince of Crime and the Mistress of Evil will duke it out at the box office for the No. 1 spot this weekend, with “Joker” estimated to take in about $19 million in its fourth weekend while “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is projected to earn about $18.3 million in its second frame.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” took in about $4.82 million on Friday while “Joker” yielded $5.4 million, hinting that “Joker” may end up the winner.

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The gritty drama starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role has so far totaled $258 million domestically for Warner Bros. with an additional $512 million overseas. Todd Philipps directed “Joker,” which garnered controversy ahead of its release for its sympathetic depiction of the villain, from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver. Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, and Frances Conroy also star. It recently passed “Deadpool 2” as the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide, and should surpass $800 million this weekend.

Disney’s “Maleficent” sequel has earned $51.7 million through Friday. Angelina Jolie returns to the role alongside Elle Fanning. Michelle Pfeiffer also joined the cast for Joachim Rønning’s dark fantasy adventure, directed from Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, and Micah Fitzerman-Blue’s script.

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Meanwhile, “Black and Blue” is launching with about $8.2 million from 2,062 locations, which could land it the No. 5 slot. The action thriller reeled in about $3 million on Friday.

“Black and Blue” follows a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer by corrupt cops on her body cam. Tyrese Gibson alson stars. Deon Taylor directed with Peter A. Dowling penning the screenplay. Sony’s Screen Gems is distributing the film, which was produced for $12 million.

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STX Films is debuting “Countdown” at 2,675 theaters. The horror pic earned $3.14 million on Friday for an estimated $8 million opening.

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