Todd Phillips’ Joker continues to laugh hard at the box office, where it’s headed for a huge second weekend of $60 million, well ahead of expectations.
The Warner Bros. origin pic, starring Joaquin Phoenix, grossed $17 million on Friday for a domestic total of $154.7 million. It could drop only 37 percent in its sophomore outing, an impressive stat.
Joker is easily staying atop the chart, although MGM and United Releasing’s The Addams Family is on course for a strong second-place finish with $32 million, also ahead of expectations. It earned $9.7 million on Friday.
Addams Family, co-financed by Bron, features a star-studded voice cast led by Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron, along with Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll and Bette Midler.
The big disappointment of the weekend is Ang Lee’s big-budget Gemini Man starring Will Smith as an elite assassination who faces off with a younger version of himself. Lee used groundbreaking technology to make the action-thriller, which cost roughly $140 million to make after rebates.
Both Gemini Man, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and Addams Family earned a B+ CinemaScore.
Jexi, the final theatrical release from CBS Films, is also opening nationwide this weekend via Lionsgate. It’s pacing for a $3 million debut.