Despite weeks of controversy, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix got the last laugh this weekend as Joker landed in the top spot with $96.2 million domestically. That’s more than enough to set the record for an opening in October, previously held by Venom. Joker also broke Venom‘s Thursday night opening record late last week with $13.3 million. Outside the states, Joker more than doubled its total with an eye-watering $234 million worldwide.
In second place this week, Universal’s Abominable added another $11.9 million to its domestic total. It’s now up to over $35 million and was barely able to crack it’s $75 million budget overseas with $77.9 million worldwide. Not the strongest showing by an animated feature this year but, holding strong after winning last weekend, Abominable is poised to make a solid extended run into the next few weeks.
Coming in third this week is, still surprisingly, Downton Abbey. The Focus Features film opened in the top spot two weeks ago to $31 million, setting the record for a Focus Features opening. And though it’s not burning down the marquee by any means, the film added another $7.9 million to its total over the weekend, good enough to but it’s domestic total up to nearly $75 million. Add in foreign markets and it’s global haul of $135 million all but confirms that if another Downton can happen, it probably will.
And rounding out the top five this week are September’s top two earners in Hustlers and It: Chapter Two. In fourth, JLo and co pulled in another $6.3 million as the stripper flick nears $100 million domestically. And, finally, in fifth, the Losers club held off Pennywise a little while longer, adding another $5.3 million to its domestic total, which is now up over $202 million.
Here’s a full look at the top ten movies at the box office from this weekend:
1. Joker – $96.2 million, $96.2 million
2. Abominable – $11.9 million, $37.7 million
3. Downton Abbey – $7.9 million, $73.6 million
4. Hustlers – $6.3 million, $91.4 million
5. It: Chapter Two – $5.3 million, $202 million
6. Judy – $4.5 million, $9 million
7. Ad Astra – $4.1 million, $43.2 million
8. Rambo: Last Blood – $3.5 million, $39.8 million
9. War – $1.6 million, $2.1 million
10. Good Boys – $0.8 million, $82 million
Domestic totals in bold.
Box office numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo.