Warner Bros.’ Joker ranked to the top of box office charts, crossing Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on the fourth weekend in theatres.
These two villains have been in a close race for first place, but these Sunday estimates show Joker will walk away with $18.9 million in ticket sales as a victorious.
But those rankings might change on Monday morning after the final tallies reported since Maleficent 2 is close behind with $18.5 million.
The surprise and non-consecutive win highlight the impressive endurance of Joker, which is only the third movie this year following Universal’s Glass and Disney’s Avengers: Endgame to secure in first place during three weekends.
‘Joker’-successful R-Rated movie in History
Joker became the most successful R-rated movie in history, collecting $849 million worldwide. Joaquin Phoenix’s gritty take on Batman’s infamous long-standing rival, which has raised $277 million in North America and $571 million at the worldwide.
Since debuting last No. 1 has a disappointing $36 million, Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has generated a lackluster $65 million at the local box office.
The dark fantasy series sequel continues to be a more significant player in the overseas, but it pulled in another $64.3 million for a worldwide haul of $228 million. Internationally the Maleficent follow-up is nearing the $300 million mark.
Sony’s R-rated action film Black and Blue launched at No. 6 with $8 million from the 2,062 theatres. Directed by Deon Taylor, the $12 million films follow a new cop (Naomie Harris) who captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body came in advertently.
The historical drama arrived in theatres two years after Harvey Weinstein premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.
The Current War shelved and sold after sexual abuse allegations leveled against Weinstein and his company shuttered. David Glasser, the former COO of The Weinstein Company, released the film through his 101 Studios banner.