Proving to be serious business at the box office, Joker continues to exceed expectations taking more than $55 million in its second weekend. Setting another October record, Todd Philips' critically lauded standalone origin story has a current domestic cume of $193 million after ten days on release. Internationally, Joker has danced its way to more than $354 million for a worldwide total of nearly $550 million. Holy box office records Batman!
Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal as Arthur Fleck isn't just the boldest piece of acting in a mainstream movie this year; it is without question the performance of a lifetime for an actor that has already turned in at least a dozen "performances of a lifetime" throughout his career. At this stage it's not a question of if Joker will receive a plethora of Oscar nominations, it's a question of how many. Elsewhere in the top ten, the animated reboot of The Addams Family landed in second place with a very respectable $30.3 million for the weekend. Featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard, the opening weekend was so impressive that a sequel is already in the works.
Will Smith takes on a CGI de-aged version of himself in Ang Lee's Gemini Man, 20 years in development, a blockbuster budget, expectations were high, until that first trailer hit the internet. Mixed reviews, limited showings in the higher frame rate (which to be blunt looks terrible), Paramount swiftly readjusted its estimates, but Gemini Man failed to deliver. Taking an underwhelming $20.5 million, Gemini Man did at least do better than Smith's previous offerings Collateral Beauty, Focus, and Concussion. However, coming off the back of the massive success of Aladdin, it's a disappointing performance, but with Spies in Disguise, and Bad Boys For Life on the horizon, it won't do Smith any harm.
Next weekend two sequels will do battle for the top spot, Disney's Maleficent Mistress of Evil, and Zombieland: Double Tap will be unleashed upon the public. While I'll be rooting for Zombieland, I think it's fair to say that Maleficent will be Queen of the box office next weekend.