Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow’s Joker debuted with an impressive $248.2 million worldwide this weekend. At the domestic box office, the Todd Phillips-directed movie opened to $96 million (up from the previously-estimated $93.5 million) from 4,374 theaters, an average of $21,948 per location. That’s a new October opening record, beating the previous high of $80.3 million set by Sony Pictures’ Venom last year. The film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and 64% of the audience was male.
Internationally, Joker brought in $152.2 million from 25,090 screens in 73 markets. The top market was Korea with $16.1 million and that was followed by the UK ($15.4 million), Mexico ($13.4 million), and Russia ($10.3 million).
Of the worldwide total, $16.5 million came from IMAX theaters, a new October record for the company. The film grossed $7.5 million at domestic IMAX locations and $9 million from 367 screens in 67 international markets, a new overseas record for the company in October as well.
The R-rated Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
After winning the domestic box office last weekend, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable dropped a spot to second with $12 million, for a total of $37.8 million in North America after two weeks. Internationally, the animated film has earned $38.5 million and is up to $76.3 million globally. Written and directed by Jill Culton, the $75 million movie is voiced by Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, and Michelle Wong.
Coming in at No. 3 was Downton Abbey (Focus Features), which added $8 million and has earned $73.6 million domestically after three weeks. Internationally, the film made $6.6 million and has a total of $61.8 million, for a worldwide sum of $135.4 million. A continuation of the TV series and directed by Michael Engler, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.
STXfilms’ Hustlers took fourth place with $6.3 million and has now grossed $91.3 million domestically after four weeks. Overseas, the film has brought in $18.7 million and is up to $110.2 million worldwide. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B, Lizzo, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, and Trace Lysette. It was made for $20 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ IT Chapter Two rounded out the top five with $5.4 million to take its five-week total to $202.2 million. The film also generated $5.6 million from 78 overseas markets. The international total is now $234.5 million and the worldwide total stands at $436.7 million. Directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King, IT Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
20th Century Fox sci-fi drama Ad Astra added $4.6 million in sixth place and has grossed $43.7 million domestically after three weeks. The film earned $7.3 million internationally this weekend and is up to $67.7 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $111.4 million. Directed by James Gray, the movie stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.
Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment’s Judy increased its theater count to 1,458 and managed to remain in seventh place with $4.4 million. The film, starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, has earned $8.9 million after two weeks. Directed by Rupert Goold, Judy also stars Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon.