Deadline reports that Joker‘s second weekend is more powerful than imagined, busting past its low $40M projections to what is now looking at $58.7M, the best second weekend for a film in October, easily beating that of Warner Bros.’ Gravity ($43.1M).
All the factors–comic book movie, great reviews and solid exits–are putting this film higher. Even with a $138M Ang Lee-directed Will Smith action film in the market, adult moviegoers are opting for Joker, the DC villain origins film they’ve never seen before, and that is in spite of a terrible Rotten Tomatoes score from critics with Joker‘s 68% certified fresh but compared to Paramount/Skydance Media’s Gemini Man‘s 26% Rotten.
The Wrap is reporting that in its second weekend in theaters, “Joker” is continuing to blow away box office expectations. After grossing $17 million on Friday, the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/DC film is now expected to make $60 million this weekend, a remarkable hold that is just 37% down from last weekend’s $96 million opening.
At this pace, “Joker” will reach $200 million in domestic grosses on Monday and pass the entire domestic run of “It: Chapter Two” after less than two weeks in theaters. While the pre-release controversy and awards buzz fueled last weekend, the strong word of mouth and discussion over the film’s merits has made “Joker” a can’t-miss film for audiences beyond the core 18-35 male demographic.