‘Joker’ is unstoppable in the box office, while Will Smith‘s ‘Gemini Man‘ struggles.
For the second weekend in a row, the DC drama will earn $55 million in total, giving the feature film a grand total of $192.7 million.
This is quite shocking considering it’s an R-rated comic book movie, which is extremely dark in tone. But, that has not stopped regular moviegoers and comic book fans from enjoying Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Apparently, the movie’s strong word of mouth is pushing the movie to surpass “It: Chapter Two” as Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing movie of 2019.
‘Joker’ is set to pass ‘Logan’, which was the last R-Rated comic book drama. ‘Logan’ earned $226 million comic and $619 million worldwide. Overseas, ‘Joker’ remained strong giving it a two-weekend global total of $543.9 million.
Meanwhile, ‘The Addams’ family did pretty well in the box office with $30.3 million from 4,007 screens. The film was expected to earn around $25 million.
Will Smith’s Georgia-filmed production ‘Gemini Man’, which cost $140 million to make, opened to around $20.5 million. The movie, which centers around Will Smith as a younger version of himself, is the second film directed by And Lee to struggle at the box office. Despite groundbreaking movie technology, critics bashed the movie as it currently has a 27% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Lee’s previous film ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’, which also filmed in Georgia, also bombed in the box office. That movie only made $30 million against a $40 million budget. To avoid being a total catastrophe, Will Smith’s ‘Gemini Man’ will have do extremely well overseas, particularly in China, where Lee is the country’s most popular filmmakers. The movie earned $31 million from 58 markets this weekend for a global total of $59 million, with a China release set for next weekend.
In other related news, Joaquin Phoenix is up for doing a ‘Joker’ sequel.
The actor had an interview with Popcorn with Peter Travers, where he told said he’s dead serious for another movie so they can see just what happens next with Joker.
“I wouldn’t have thought of this as my dream role,” Phoenix said. “But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it.
“I talked to [director] Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just working together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting.
“So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”
There was some doubt about whether Phoenix would want to participate in another ‘Joker’ project. However, director Todd Phillips told Total Film: “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with [Phoenix], any day of the week.