Throughout his long history, the Joker has never been particularly fond of a certain Dynamic Duo. But the Ace of Knaves could get used to this sort of doublet.
Warner Bros.’ Joker did a classic double take this weekend—absconding with a second-straight box-office victory and raking in an estimated $55 million stateside. That pushes its total tally to a titanic $192.7 million in North America, making Joker the eighth-biggest film of the year. By next weekend, it could potentially pass up another creepy clown movie (IT Chapter Two) and move into seventh place. Can’t beat those magic flowers with a stick.
And while the Joker himself tends to stay put in Gotham City, his origin movie travels just fine. It collected $123.7 million overseas this weekend, which pushes the film’s total worldwide gross to $543.9 million. Who’s laughing now, we ask? Warner Bros., that’s who.
Joker stole that second win despite facing a trio of newcomers.
The Addams Family got its own animated origin story this year and proved to be the most frightening competition the freshmen had to offer. It snapped up $30.3 million stateside and lurched to second place. Meanwhile, Will Smith’s Gemini Man rumbled into third place with around $20.5 million. It’s the second Smith-fronted film to land in the top five this year, the first being Disney’s Aladdin (of course).
The less we say about Jexi, the weekend’s third major newcomer, the better. The film, based on the exploits of a pushy Siri/Alexa knockoff and her phone-addled owner, fell into the box-office toilet—earning just $3.1 million to finish ninth. That’s hardly enough to pay the roaming charges.
Add the money from all three of these newcomers together, though, and it still wouldn’t be enough to equal Joker’s weekend take.
The animated Abominable is still stomping around the top five, earning another $6.2 million for fourth place. And Downton Abbey enjoyed another spot of tea in fifth, collecting $4.9 million. Downton has now earned $82.7 million—just about enough to pay the heating bill for the titular country house. At least, if everyone wears sweaters.