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‘Joker’ gets the last laugh

Warner Bros.’ Joker won a battle of the supervillains this weekend, selling an estimated $18.9 million in tickets to edge out Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and regain the top spot in North American theaters, an industry group reported Sunday.

‘Joker’ starring Joaquin Phoenix tops North American box office
The Joaquin Phoenix scarefest slipped from last weekend’s take of $29.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, but still bested the $18.5 million taken in by Maleficent, a dark fantasy from Disney starring Angelina Jolie.

Joker, with Phoenix incarnating Batman’s notorious nemesis, accomplished the rare feat of returning to No. 1 in its fourth week out. It has now taken in an impressive $849.1 million globally, becoming the most successful R-rated movie in history, according to Variety.

With Halloween only days away, scary movies did well overall.

In third spot was The Addams Family from United Artists, at $11.7 million. The computer animation, following the spooky Addams family and some creepy relatives, features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, and Bette Midler.

In fourth, at $11.6 million in its second week out, was Sony’s Zombieland: Double Tap, a comedy starring Woody HarrelsonEmma Stone, and Luke Wilson.

New release Countdown from STX films placed fifth at $9 million. The low-budget horror film tells the tale of a nurse (Elizabeth Lail) who finds an app that predicts exactly when people will die--and learns her own death is only days away. 

Topics: Joker , Maleficent: Mistress of Evil , Joaquin Phoenix , Angelina Jolie , The Addams Family
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