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Joker Doesn't Scare Away Audiences

'Abominable' finishes a distant second for weekend

(Newser) - Warner Bros.' R-rated Joker has set a new record at the October box office. Studios on Sunday estimate that the dark spin on the classic Batman villain earned an estimated $93.5 million from ticket sales in its first weekend in North American theaters. The previous October record-holder was... More »

Joker Sets a Record in Previews

Film has wide opening today

(Newser) - Previews for Joker set an October record on Thursday night, bringing in $13.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix film will be shown at 4,374 North American theaters on Friday, Deadline reports, another record for the month. Venom raked in $10 million last October. The film tells the dark story... More »

Abominable Opening Tops Judy

Downton Abbey drops to second for weekend

(Newser) - The DreamWorks animated adventure Abominable has topped the box office with an estimated $20.9 million, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale Judy got off to a sonorous start, the AP reports. Abominable was the weekend's sole new wide release. It's a US-China co-production between Universal's... More »

Downton Abbey Teaches Stallone, Pitt Their Manners

Ad Astra, new Rambo follow small-screen transfer

(Newser) - Brad Pitt's Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood were no match for Downton Abbey at the box office. The big-screen encore of the upstairs-downstairs TV series opened with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend, handily overpowering a pair of less well-mannered movies.... More »

Hustlers Rakes in the Booty

But it still can't beat 'It: Chapter 2'

(Newser) - It wasn't quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of Hustlers topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office, the AP reports. It: Chapter Two brought in $40.7 million in the US and Canada to keep... More »

It: Chapter Two Owns Weekend

Horror film didn't compete with any major releases

(Newser) - A robust audience turned out to catch It: Chapter Two in movie theaters this weekend, but not quite as big as the first. Warner Bros. says Sunday that It: Chapter Two earned an estimated $91 million from North American ticket sales in its first weekend, the AP reports. Trailing only... More »

Angel Has Fallen Tops Expectations

Good Boys drops to second place for weekend

(Newser) - Angel Has Fallen has easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often-quiet late summer, the AP reports. The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into the weekend, opening similarly to the 2016... More »

Challengers Can't Unseat Hobbs & Shaw

Host of new films fall short of spinoff

(Newser) - Audiences have helped the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw take another lap at No. 1, even with an onslaught of new movies this weekend. Universal Pictures estimated Sunday that Hobbs & Shaw added $25.4 million from North American theaters, the AP reports, bringing its domestic total to... More »

Latest Fast & Furious Starts More Slowly Than Usual

'The Lion King' falls to second place

(Newser) - The first spinoff of the 18-year-old Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs and Shaw, has pocketed $60.8 million in its North American debut and another $120 million internationally. That's the smallest domestic opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,... More »

Tarantino Tops His Career Best

But 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' can't touch 'The Lion King'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino topped his personal-best weekend debut with the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—but the R-rated movie still lagged far behind Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King, per the Hollywood Reporter . The animated blockbuster added $75 million at home, holding onto first place ahead... More »

The Lion King Opens With a Roar

Disney film sets a couple of records

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. is ruling the box office again with the record-breaking debut of The Lion King this weekend. The studio said Sunday that the photorealistic remake devoured an estimated $185 million in ticket sales from 4,725 North American locations, the AP reports. It's a record for... More »

Spider-Man Shakes Off Newcomers

'Crawl' and ' Stuber' can't touch sequel at the top

(Newser) - Spider-Man: Far From Home is celebrating another weekend at No. 1. Fresh counterprograming like the horror movie Crawl and the action-comedy Stuber barely made a dent in the web-slinger's earnings, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that the Spider-Man sequel added $45.3 million, bringing its domestic total... More »

Toy Story Is No. 1 Again, but No. 3 Is 'the Big Story'

'Yesterday' debuted well over industry expectations

(Newser) - Toy Story 4 hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: Yesterday. The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic comedy featuring the music of... More »

Bad Reviews Slow Men in Black Reboot

'The Secret Life of Pets 2' finishes second for the weekend

(Newser) - Men in Black: International is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend, but the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-led reboot isn't exactly a franchise-revitalizing hit. Hampered by poor reviews, Sony Pictures on Sunday estimates that the film earned only $28.5 million in ticket sales nationwide over... More »

Dark Phoenix Has the Worst X-Men Debut of All Time

'The Secret Life of Pets' takes the top spot

(Newser) - After nearly 20 years and a dozen films, the current manifestation of X-Men movies is going out with a whimper. Scorched by poor reviews, the $200 million Dark Phoenix earned a franchise low of $33 million from 3,721 North American locations over the weekend for a second place finish,... More »

Weekend Winner Kind of Lost

While 'Rocketman' and 'Ma' debut in the top 5

(Newser) - The latest iteration of the Godzilla franchise took over the top spot from Aladdin and roared louder than Elton John at the weekend box office, but it still left a notably smaller footprint on North American theaters than its city-wrecking predecessors, the AP reports. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Warner... More »

Aladdin Casts a Spell Over Raunchy New Comedy

Will Smith-starrer takes first, crushing other new movies

(Newser) - A Middle Eastern folk tale just trounced a raunchy high school comedy at the weekend box office, Variety reports. Aladdin grabbed top spot with a higher-than-expected $86.1 million and will likely hit $105 million by Monday, making it the sixth-highest Memorial Day long weekend grosser ever. Among other new... More »

John Wick 3 Takes Avengers Down a Notch

Three-week run atop weekend box office ends

(Newser) - The box office has a new king, and his name is John Wick. The third installment of the hyper violent Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot at the North American box office, the AP reports, and ended the three-week reign of Avengers: Endgame. Studios on Sunday say John ... More »

Pikachu Challenges Avengers

Superheroes top newcomers to win weekend box office again

(Newser) - Avengers: Endgame has topped the box office again in its third weekend in theaters. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the superhero pic earned an estimated $63.1 million from North American theaters, the AP reports, bringing its domestic total to $723.5 million. More »

Now, It's Just Endgame vs. James Cameron

The Marvel epic is ahead of 'Titanic' but behind 'Avatar'

(Newser) - Avengers: Endgame crushed the global box office for a second straight week and hit $2.189 billion worldwide—putting it ahead of one James Cameron-directed movie and behind another for the highest-grossing movie ever, per the Hollywood Reporter . Specifically, Endgame is ahead of Titanic ($2.187 billion, adjusted for inflation)... More »

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