Joker on top, Chinese films dominate top five

08 Oct 2019 / 10:17 H.

SUPERVILLAIN origin story Joker accumulated US$234m at the worldwide box office over the weekend ending Oct 6, per industry tracker ComScore, with China’s My People, My Country, The Captain, The Climbers, and Chinese-American co-production Abominable making up the rest of the globe’s top five.

Warner Bros’ Joker took a combined US$234m over its opening weekend, putting it at the top of the global box office over the same time period.

Hollywood’s latest comic book conversion received US $93.5m came from its domestic market, with US$140.5m received in international revenue, according to ComScore’s worldwide box office estimates for the weekend ending Oct 6.

The R-rated film now holds the title for the US’s biggest October opening, after Spider-Man spin-off Venom made US$80m in 2018.

Though the US$93.5m opener nudged ahead of last month’s R-rated It: Chapter Two, September 2017’s Stephen King adaptation It retains the title of Fall’s biggest domestic opening weekend at $123m.

Chinese or joint-Chinese made films were responsible for the rest of the top five, despite a reduced number of territories debuting each movie.

Running to almost two hours, My People, My Country (US$100.6m) is a seven-part anthology film with an all-star cast, released on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Airplane accident drama The Captain, which is about a Chinese pilot’s successful landing of a damaged passenger plane, accumulated US$100.4m, making it the weekend’s third highest-grosser worldwide.

A US$36m take for US-Chinese animated adventure Abominable, which begins in Shanghai and ends on Chinese-Nepalese peak Mount Everest, was enough to place it fourth worldwide, with The Climbers (fifth place, US$30m) based on historical Chinese expeditions up the same Himalayan summit.

Here are the weekend’s Top 10 movies at the world’s box-office (in millions of USD): Joker (US$234m); My People, My Country (US$100.6m); The Captain (US$100.4m); Abominable (US$36.6m); The Climbers (US$30m); Downton Abbey (US$14.6m); Ad Astra (US$11.9m); It: Chapter Two (US$11m); Hustlers (US$8.2m); and Rambo: Last Blood (US$7.8m). - AFP

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