‘Joker’ tops box office for second week

Warner Bros.’ Joker laughed best again this weekend as it took in an estimated $55 million in North American movie theaters, an industry group reported Sunday.

‘Joker’ tops box office  for second week
 'Joker' remains the ruler for the second week at the North American box office. 
Starring Joaquin PhoenixJoker provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness.

Last week, the film directed by Todd Phillips—maker of The Hangover trilogy—set a record for an October release, taking in $93.5 million in its first weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.

United Artist’s family- and Halloween-friendly The Addams Family placed second, scaring up an estimated $30.3 million for its opening weekend.

It follows the mysterious and spooky Addams family as they prepare for a visit from some even creepier relatives.

In third, at an estimated $20.5 million, was Paramount’s new film Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith as a retired hitman who must face off against a younger clone of himself.

Abominable from Universal came in fourth, down from last week’s second, at an estimated $6.2 million. It tells the story of a teen and her friends trying to help a young Yeti reunite with its family as a wealthy man seeks to capture it as a prize.

And in fifth was Focus Features’ Downton Abbey, at $5 million. The cinematic follow-up to the hit TV series has the Crawleys and their earnest staff scrambling to prepare for an unexpected visit by the British royals. 

Topics: Joker , Joaquin Phoenix , Todd Phillips , The Addams Family , Will Smith , Gemini Man , Abominable , Downton Abbey
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