Riding a wave of acclaim (and controversy) Todd Philips' standalone Joker easily claimed the top spot at the box office. Beating last year's Venom as the previous October opening weekend record, Joker danced his way to $93.5 million for its debut. Naturally, there was a lot of curiosity surrounding Joker so the real test will be in the coming weeks to determine if the film performs like other comic book movies. Narratively, it's unlike any comic book film adaptation before, and Joaquin Phoenix is all but a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. The rest of the world was equally hyped to see Joker with more than $150 million generated from the international box office. That gives Joker a global launch of more than $234 million for its opening weekend, that should put a smile of the faces of Warner Bros executives.
Universal's animated comedy Abominable dropped to second place adding $11.9 million to its domestic total which currently stands at $37 million. Downton Abbey slipped to number three with $7.9 million for its third frame, based on the hit UK series, the big-screen continuation of everybody's favourite non-Royal family has a worldwide box office of more than $135 million. It is a safe bet to assume that sequel talks with writer/creator Julian Fellowes are happing as I type these words. Showing its staying power at number four is Hustlers, wildly expected to earn Jennifer Lopez her first Oscar nomination, the film is nearly the all-important $100 million mark. At the time of writing, Hustlers has made $91 million domestically and is expected to hit $100 million by the end of the week.
After five weeks It Chapter 2 is still floating around the US top ten slipping one place to number five. The horror sequel to 2017's monster hit has struggled to recapture the record-breaking box office of its predecessor. Chapter 2 frightened another $5.3 million from US audiences crossing the $200 million mark in the process. While the sequel won't come close to the $700 million Chapter One made, it's current worldwide total is more than $436 million which is by no means a misfire.
Finally, after starting its limited release last weekend, Renee Zellweger's Oscar hopeful Judy expanded to a wider release landing in sixth place. The critically acclaimed biopic of Judy Garland's final few months generated $4.6 million almost doubling the launch of its limited release. As we're at the point in the year where studios ramp up their awards season titles, Judy is hoping to get in on some of the success that fellow musical A Star is Born enjoyed this time last year.