'Maleficent' sequel beats 'Joker' at North American box office
LOS ANGELES, USA – Disney's dark fairy tale Maleficent: Mistress of Evil edged out Joker in a fierce battle of the supervillains this weekend, taking $19.4 million in North American theaters, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, October 28.
The film, a sequel to the 2014 live-action hit, stars Angelina Jolie as the evil sorceress of "Sleeping Beauty" fame. This time around, Michelle Pfeiffer joins the cast as a scheming Queen Ingrith.
For a second consecutive weekend it held off Warner Bros.' scarefest Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, which managed $19.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period to finish a narrow second.
Joker had appeared to hold a slender lead in early box office estimates.
The film, with Phoenix incarnating Batman's notorious nemesis, has now taken approximately $850 million globally, becoming the most successful R-rated movie in history, according to Variety.
With Halloween only days away, scary movies did well overall.
In 3rd spot was The Addams Family from United Artists, at $12 million. The computer animation, following the spooky Addams Family and some creepy relatives, features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Bette Midler.
In 4th, at $11.8 million in its second week out, was Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap, a comedy sequel starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Luke Wilson.
New release Countdown from STX films placed fifth at $8.9 million. The low-budget horror film tells the tale of a nurse (Elizabeth Lail) who finds an app that predicts exactly when people will die – and learns her own death is only days away.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
- Black and Blue ($8.4 million)
- Gemini Man ($4.1 million)
- The Lighthouse ($3 million)
- The Current War: Director's Cut ($2.6 million)
- Abominable ($2.1 million)