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Joker earns 543.9 million dollars worldwide, beats competition in second weekend too

Joaquin Phoenix's film Joker had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated The Addams Family and the Will Smith action pic Gemini Man.

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Internationally, Joker added 123.7 million dollars from 79 markets, bringing its global total to 543.9 million dollars after just 12 days in theaters. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

The first weekend was no fluke: Joker is a hit.

The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated The Addams Family and the Will Smith action pic Gemini Man.

Warner Bros. said Sunday that Joker added an estimated 55 million dollars from North American theaters this weekend, bringing its domestic total to 192.7 million dollars.

Not only are the pure grosses impressive, but Joker also dropped only 43% from its record-breaking debut.

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For comic book films, which are often front-loaded and regularly see second weekend falls that are over 50%, it’s a notably small dip. It’s also a slightly lower drop than Wonder Woman and Black Panther — both of which had higher initial openings and went on to have long lives in theaters.

“These are incredible numbers and really reflect how interested and excited people were,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.

The film had a rollercoaster ride to release, with highs like winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and lows when concerns about the film inciting violence made headlines and prompted increased security at many theaters across the country. But audiences have spoken with their dollars and “were not going to be deterred,” Dergarabedian said.

“It shows that content wins. A great movie will rise up above all the noise over whatever controversy or security concerns there were,” he added. “You’re totally left out of the water cooler conversation if you haven’t seen ‘Joker.'”

Internationally, Joker added 123.7 million dollars from 79 markets, bringing its global total to 543.9 million dollars after just 12 days in theaters.

Joker’s second weekend success played well alongside the counterprogramming of the kid-friendly Addams Family, which exceeded expectations and came in a strong second with 30.3 million dollars.

United Artists Releasing distributed the film from MGM and BRON Creative that features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Bette Midler. The Addams Family defied middling reviews (43% on Rotten Tomatoes) and benefited from a marketplace with relatively few family friendly options in theaters right now, aside from “Abominable” which is now in its third weekend.

The ambitious, star-driven Gemini Man was not so lucky. The visual effects-heavy Ang Lee film about an assassin on the run from a younger version of himself (both played by Smith using state of the art de-aging technology) opened in third place with only 20.5 million dollars. Even Smith’s disastrous After Earth had a better debut (27.5 million dollars).

Reviews were overwhelmingly poor (it’s currently at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes) but Gemini Man also had the Joker factor to contend with, which may have contributed to the disappointing opening, according to Dergarabedian.

Gemini Man was not a cheap endeavor either. The film from Paramount and Skydance cost a reported 140 million dollars to make after rebates and will have a difficult time breaking even.

Rounding out the top five were Abominable, with 6.2 million dollars, and Downton Abbey, with 4.9 million dollars.

In limited release, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite had an extraordinary weekend, earning 376,264 dollars from only 3 locations. Its 125,421 dollars per theater average is a record for 2019.

“It’s amazing how well (Parasite) did. It’s one of the biggest stories of the weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “That per theater average means that those movie theaters were full. The demand far outweighed the supply.”

Neon is distributing the class-conscious Korean thriller, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is already a massive hit internationally, with over 70.9 million dollars from South Korea alone. With near-unanimous rave reviews, Parasite is also expected to be an awards contender and will be expanding in North America in the coming weeks.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.Joker, 55 million dollars (123.7 million dollars international).

2.The Addams Family, 30.3 million dollars.

3.Gemini Man, 20.5 million dollars (31.1 million dollars international).

4.Abominable, 6.2 million dollars (15 million dollars international).

5.Downton Abbey, 4.9 million dollars (4.1 million dollars international).

6.Hustlers, 3.9 million dollars (3.9 million dollars international).

7. Judy, 3.3 million dollars (1.6 million dollars international).

8.It: Chapter Two, 3.2 million dollars (2.3 million dollars international).

9.Jexi, 3.1 million dollars.

10.Ad Astra, 1.9 million dollars (2.9 million dollars international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:

1. Joker, 123.7 million dollars.

2. The Captain, 33.4 million dollars.

3. Gemini Man, 31.1 million dollars.

4. My People, My Country, 23 million dollars.

5. Abominable, 15 million dollars.

6. The Climbers, 11 million dollars.

7. Downton Abbey, 4.1 million dollars.

8. Hustlers, 3.9 million dollars.

9. The Most Ordinary Romance, 3.7 million dollars.

10. The Angry Birds Movie 2, 3 million dollars.