Doctor Sleep seemed like the shoo-in winner going into this past weekend but it drastically underperformed, leaving the door open for Midway to take the top spot at the box office.
Terminator: Dark Fate won the weekend box office but it was an extremely weak opening that could end up costing Paramount over $100 million in losses while Joker inches closer to $1 billion worldwide and Harriet performed well above expectations.
After topping the box office over its opening weekend, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped to second place as Joker returned to the top spot in its fourth week of release and it also became the highest grossing R rated film of all time worldwide.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil took the top spot at the box office over the weekend but it was far below the opening of the first movie and below expectations, while Joker is on track to become the highest-grossing R rated film of all time worldwide (without adjusting for inflation).
Joker remained extremely strong in its second weekend, delivering the best second weekend in October history, while Gemini Man and Jexi failed to deliver and The Addams Family performed slightly above expectations.
Despite, or probably because of, mass hysteria and also critical acclaim, Joker had the biggest October opening of all time over the past weekend and one of the biggest R rated openings as well.
Dreamworks’ latest Abominable took the top spot at the box office but it was on the low end for Dreamworks openings while Downton Abbey and Hustlers remained strong and Rambo and Ad Astra dipped in their second weekends.
Downton Abbey managed to hold off both Brad Pitt and Sly Stallone to take the spot at the box office and deliver Focus Features their biggest opening of all time.
IT: Chapter Two managed to hold off a stronger than predicted Hustlers to remain on top of the box office for a second weekend while The Goldfinch crashed and burned with one of the worst openings of all time.
Although it couldn’t match the first movie’s opening, IT: Chapter Two was still massive with the seventh biggest opening of 2019 and the second largest horror opening of all time.