Maleficent Edges Out Joker

Angelina Jolie film trails original but still takes the weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 20, 2019 11:30 AM CDT
Maleficent Dethrones Joker
This image released by Disney shows Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in a scene from "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil."   (Disney via AP)

(Newser) – The Walt Disney Co.'s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has knocked Joker out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely. Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters, per the AP. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014. Warner Bros.' Joker landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.

Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures' Zombieland: Double Tap, with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original. And in limited release, Taika Waititi's Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit opened in five theaters with a strong $350,000.

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