OCTOBER 7 UPDATE: Warner Bros scored a record opening weekend for a film in October at the North American box office as Joker powered to a confirmed $96.2m debut, while Downton Abbey continued a superb run to reach $73.6m after three sessions.
In the limited arena, Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory delivered an excellent opening as it averaged $38,159 in four theatres.
Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix arrived in 4,374 sites for a $21,994 average, trouncing the previous record set by Sony’s Venom a year ago on $80.3m from 4,250 venues.
Combined with the $152m international debut, the tentpole directed by Todd Phillips has already raced to $248.2m worldwide. Joker will soar past $100m within a day or two, although it will need strong word of mouth to mount a serious resistance to Gemini Man when Ang Lee’s action thriller arrives this week through Paramount.
Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz opened via Sony Pictures Classics at number 25 on $152,636 from four venues for a $38,159 average.
Lucy In The Sky, the recent Toronto world premiere and psychological drama starring Natalie Portman as an astronaut who experiences difficulty adjusting to life back on earth, opened at number 35 via Fox Searchlight on $54,048 in 37 venues.
Warner Bros’ It: Chapter Two crossed $200m in its fifth weekend after $5.3m boosted the tally to $202.2m. It trails the 2017 original by some way: that film crossed $300m in its fifth session and finished on $327.5m.
Judy Garland biopic Judy starring Renée Zellwegger expanded in its second weekend, climbing one place to number six after Roadside Attractions increased the theatre count from 461 to 1,458 and box office surged 57.7%, adding $4.6m to $9.1m.
Hustlers continued its impressive trajectory in its fourth session, dropping 43.9% and one place to fourth on $6.4m to $91.4m through STX. Downton Abbey slipped one slot to number three and added $7.9m for an exeptional $73.6m through Focus Features after three sessions.
Two foreign films made a splash. Adventure thriller War starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff opened in ninth place through Yash Raj Films on $1.6m in 305 sites. Mandarin-language My Country, My People arrived at number 11 on $875,600 in 70 sites through CMC, and stands at approximately $287m worldwide.