Weekend Box Office Key Insights: Sony Hits $1B, Maleficent Steals Top Spot

The 10-Figure Club

Sony reached $1B on Sunday, with a total now just over that mark at $1.001B. They become the fourth studio of the year to reach the billion-dollar mark. Disney reached it on Sunday, April 28; Universal reached it on Friday, August 16, and Warner Bros. on Sunday, September 8.

A Rare Reversal

For Sunday’s studio weekend estimates, Warner Bros.’ Joker led with $18.9M over Disney’s fantasy sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil with $18.5M.

But by the time Monday afternoon’s weekend actuals were revealed, those top two had reversed in order. Maleficent was now on top with $19.36M, slightly ahead of Joker with $19.24M.

A switch on top from Sunday estimates to weekend actuals is rare, but it does occasionally happen, on average about once or maybe twice a year.

With only 0.63% difference between the top two films, that’s the closest difference between the top two titles since only 0.20% separated Kingsman: The Golden Circle and It on September 29 – October 1, 2017.

New Releases

Several new films entered the marketplace this weekend. All finished about in line with pre-release expectations, though none were projected to contend for any of the top three slots at the box office.

STX’s horror thriller Countdown counted up to a fifth place start of $8.8M.

Sony’s action drama Black and Blue was not feeling blue in sixth place with $8.3M, in line with pre-release expectations. [Read our interview with Black and Blue director Deon Taylor here.]

101 Studios’ historical drama The Current War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, failed to light up the box office with a ninth place start of $2.6M. However, it was only playing on 1,022 screens, which hurt its reach.

According to estimates from the studio, the Current audience was 55% male and 65% older than 35. It was also an educated audience, with 85% having a college degree or more.

The smaller films

In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s historical comedy Jojo Rabbit hopped to $1.04M on 55 screens in its second weekend, for an $18,983 average. 

Neon’s thriller Parasite earned $1.81M on 129 screens, for a $14,100 average. That was good for 12th place.

Warner Bros.’ musical documentary starring Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars, took the thunder road to $560K on 537 screens, for a $1,043 average. When including preview grosses, the film has now earned just a hair over $1M.

How’d This Weekend Compare?

Total box office this weekend was $102.4M. That’s -25.7% below last weekend and -3.1% below this same weekend last year, when Halloween led for a second frame with $31.4M.

The Year So Far

Year-to-date box office stands at $9.07B. That’s -6.0% behind this same date last year, down from -5.5% after last weekend.


Monday’s Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, OCT. 25 – SUN, OCT. 27

Note: as of this writing, the number listed below for both Jesus is King and MET Opera: Massenet Manon are still studio weekend estimates, since their weekend actuals have not yet been reported.

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $19,369,877 -48% 3,790 0 $5,111 $66,245,035 2 Disney
2 Joker $19,248,035 -34% 3,936 -154 $4,890 $277,931,557 4 Warner Bros.
3 The Addams Family $12,006,007 -26% 4,207 105 $2,854 $73,101,705 3 United Artists Releasing
4 Zombieland: Double Tap $11,817,487 -56% 3,468 0 $3,408 $47,217,760 2 Sony Pictures
5 Countdown $8,865,082 2,675 $3,314 $8,865,082 1 STX Entertainment
6 Black and Blue $8,376,846 2,062 $4,062 $8,376,846 1 Sony / Screen Gems
7 Gemini Man $4,065,502 -51% 3,008 -634 $1,352 $43,407,915 3 Paramount Pictures
8 The Current War $2,633,717 1,022 $2,577 $2,633,717 1 101 Studios
9 Abominable $2,085,225 -41% 2,196 -451 $950 $56,903,820 5 Universal Pictures
10 Downton Abbey $1,949,545 -37% 1,658 -600 $1,176 $92,256,175 6 Focus Features
11 Judy $1,218,301 -42% 1,131 -287 $1,077 $21,551,677 5 Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
12 MET Opera: Massenet Manon $1,087,000 1,000 $1,087 $1,087,000 1 Fathom Events
13 It Chapter Two $683,952 -53% 1,101 -427 $621 $210,758,107 8 Warner Bros
14 Once Upon a Time In Hollywood $555,845 747% 1,674 1599 $332 $140,428,363 14 Sony Pictures
15 Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark $534,136 285% 1,567 1348 $341 $68,711,623 12 CBS Films / Lionsgate

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Lighthouse $3,029,959 608% 586 578 $5,171 $3,610,446 2 A24
2 Parasite $1,826,424 47% 129 96 $14,158 $4,113,934 3 NEON
3 Housefull 4 $904,808 315 $2,872 $904,808 1 FIP
4 Jesus is King $862,000 372 $2,317 $862,000 1 IMAX
5 Hustlers $856,962 -58% 914 -661 $938 $103,561,824 7 STX Entertainment
6 Western Stars $560,282 537 $1,043 $1,000,282 2 Warner Bros.
7 Pain and Glory $398,417 -6% 117 50 $3,405 $1,653,720 4 Sony Pictures Classics
8 Ad Astra $276,326 -66% 325 -471 $850 $49,313,893 6 20th Century Fox
9 Rambo: Last Blood $207,532 -63% 436 -494 $476 $44,536,318 6 Lionsgate
10 The Lion King $146,583 -46% 199 -126 $737 $543,187,716 15 Walt Disney Pictures
11 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice $144,677 -26% 134 -13 $1,080 $3,775,509 8 Greenwich Entertainment
12 Jexi $129,748 -89% 322 -2010 $403 $6,449,670 3 Lionsgate / CBS / Entertainment One
13 The Peanut Butter Falcon $116,915 -45% 166 -82 $704 $20,080,446 12 Roadside Attractions
14 Angel Has Fallen $64,195 -35% 148 -20 $434 $69,002,336 10 Lionsgate
15 Toy Story 4 $62,434 -31% 121 -24 $516 $433,804,674 19 Disney
16 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $55,560 -41% 114 -73 $487 $173,788,145 13 Universal Pictures
17 Overcomer $54,622 -34% 125 -21 $437 $34,578,837 10 Sony Pictures
18 Good Boys $52,165 -49% 113 -77 $462 $83,062,270 11 Universal Pictures

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Jojo Rabbit $1,044,070 199% 55 50 $18,983 $1,503,494 2 Fox Searchlight
2 Jay & Silent Bob Reboot $219,397 135% 17 16 $12,906 $1,570,700 2 Fathom Events / Saban Films
3 The Captain $120,112 -63% 39 -8 $3,080 $580,196 2  
4 Fantastic Fungi $61,852 106% 14 5 $4,418 $285,573 6 Area 23a
5 Where’s My Roy Cohn? $50,600 -44% 51 -15 $992 $581,244 6 Sony Pictures Classics
6 No Safe Spaces $45,548 1 $45,548 $45,548 1 Atlas Distribution
7 The Angry Birds Movie 2 $33,763 -33% 86 -22 $393 $41,578,027 11 Sony Pictures
8 Brittany Runs A Marathon $23,972 -44% 47 -15 $510 $7,102,450 10 Amazon Studios
9 Official Secrets $22,931 -7% 45 11 $510 $1,954,191 9 IFC Films
10 Frankie $19,435 4 $4,859 $19,435 1 Sony Pictures Classics
11 Synonyms $17,891 2 $8,946 $39,177 1 Kino Lorber
12 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins $16,934 -56% 29 -10 $584 $633,449 9 Magnolia Pictures
13 Cyrano, My Love $13,647 99% 18 15 $758 $324,133 2 Roadside Attractions
14 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound $12,348 3 $4,116 $12,348 1 Matson Films
15 Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool $11,086 -61% 11 -7 $1,008 $594,292 10 Abramorama
16 Greener Grass $9,804 5% 17 15 $577 $23,324 2 IFC Films / IFC Midnight
17 47 Meters Down: Uncaged $9,420 -56% 25 -26 $377 $22,249,979 11 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18 By the Grace of God $8,771 13% 6 4 $1,462 $19,926 2 Music Box Films
19 Immortal Hero $8,576 -58% 9 -3 $953 $34,571 2 Freestyle Releasing
20 Monos $8,362 -60% 20 -20 $418 $392,693 7 Neon
21 Lucy In The Sky $7,000 -87% 35 -196 $200 $314,999 4 Fox Searchlight
22 The Farewell $6,838 -73% 15 -6 $456 $17,688,952 16 A24
23 Mr. Klein $6,583 -49% 4 -1 $1,646 $140,755 8 Rialto Pictures
24 Jay Myself $6,038 2 $3,019 $146,493 13 Oscilloscope Laboratories
25 First Love $5,474 -65% 20 -14 $274 $211,009 5 Well Go USA Entertainment
26 The Cave (2019) $5,096 -76% 2 0 $2,548 $28,753 2 National Geographic Documentary Films
27 Honeyland $4,961 18% 18 0 $276 $699,175 14 Neon
28 Promare $4,059 -57% 4 -8 $1,015 $1,398,253 6 GKIDS
29 Prescience $3,407 3 $1,136 $3,407 1 Indican Pictures
30 David Crosby: Remember My Name $2,935 18% 8 4 $367 $724,438 15 Sony Pictures Classics
31 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles $2,780 -60% 7 -8 $397 $543,329 10 Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
32 Gift $2,695 -21% 5 0 $539 $11,648 3 Matson Films
33 Give Me Liberty $2,301 -65% 7 -2 $329 $215,571 10 Music Box Films
34 Midnight Traveler $2,201 -64% 5 -2 $440 $32,240 6 Oscilloscope Laboratories
35 After The Wedding $1,820 -47% 2 -3 $910 $1,571,111 12 Sony Pictures Classics
36 Tel Aviv on Fire $1,732 -64% 5 0 $346 $504,443 13 Cohen Media Group
37 Stuffed $1,572 -2% 1 0 $1,572 $4,995 2 Music Box Films
38 End of the Century $1,551 -56% 3 -3 $517 $51,212 11  
39 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements $1,361 107% 2 0 $681 $33,244 7 Abramorama
40 My People, My Country $1,340 -98% 3 -38 $447 $2,323,409 4 CMC
41 Aquarela $1,265 -38% 5 -4 $253 $294,031 11 Sony Pictures Classics
42 100 Acres of Hell $1,232 23% 1 0 $1,232 $4,436 3 Indican Pictures
43 Battle of Jangsari $1,029 -73% 1 -6 $1,029 $69,630 4 Well Go USA Entertainment
44 Maiden $840 -66% 7 3 $120 $3,152,567 18 Sony Pictures Classics
45 Ága $813 -67% 1 -2 $813 $22,708 8 Big World Pictures
46 The Chambermaid $813 51% 2 1 $407 $84,847 18 Kino Lorber
47 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch $754 -49% 2 -2 $377 $98,404 5 Kino Lorber
48 Edie $724 101% 1 0 $724 $58,513 8 Music Box Films
49 Grass $637 2 $319 $8,969 28 Cinema Guild
50 I’m Leaving Now $475 -21% 2 1 $238 $4,443 8 Cinema Guild
51 Britt-Marie Was Here $379 -41% 1 0 $379 $37,127 6 Cohen Media Group
52 Serendipity $334 -71% 2 0 $167 $2,213 2 Cohen Media Group
53 The Mountain $312 1 $312 $60,842 14 Kino Lorber
54 Union $302 -92% 1 -3 $302 $41,255 13 Indican Pictures
55 The Golden Glove $263 -6% 2 -1 $132 $5,202 5 Strand Releasing
56 The Ground Beneath My Feet $102 -93% 1 -1 $102 $29,171 14 Strand Releasing
57 Wrinkles the Clown $62 -92% 2 -2 $31 $13,853 4 Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing
58 Chained for Life $54 -71% 1 0 $54 $14,880 7 Kino Lorber Films
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