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‘Joker’ Dominates International Box Office With $124 Million

Joker” is showing impressive traction internationally with a second weekend of $123.7 million on 24,149 screens in 79 markets — a holdover decline of just 29%.

Joaquin Phoenix’s psychological thriller has totaled $351.2 million outside North America after only 12 days in release. And with $192 million in domestic grosses, “Joker” has now topped $543 million worldwide for Warner Bros.

The film declined by only 24% in Europe and by 26% in Latin America. The U.K. has been top market and saw a 22% decline to $12 million, representing a 62% share of the country’s top five films. The British total has hit $36.9 million.

Mexico declined 37% to $8.6 million at 3,620 screens for a 68% share of the top five and a $28.9. million two-week total. South Korea saw a 53% slide to $6.6 million at 1,312 screens for a 50% share and a two-week take of $28 million.

“Joker” scored a $10.3 million opening in France for a 71% share. It was the biggest opening for a Warner Bros. film in 2019 and the second biggest opening for a DC film, trailing only “The Dark Knight Rises.” Germany generated a $9.3 million launch from 912 screens with a 67% share.  

Business in Brazil declined by a mere 6% to $6.9 million at 1,827 screens for an $18 million total. Russia’s second weekend saw a 36% decline to $6.5 million for a $20.4 million cumulative take.

Paramount’s expansion of “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith, took in $31.1 million in 58 markets with 3D+ showing accounting for 26%. The two-week international total has hit $39 million.

It’s the biggest opening weekend result for an Ang Lee movie in 25 markets. Mexico and Russia each generated $2.7 million while South Korea and the UK each pulled in $2.2 million. Brazil and Italy each launched with $1.1 million.

Two holdover Chinese titles also performed impressively during the weekend with “The Captain” taking in $33 million to lift its worldwide take to $340 million and “My People, My Country” earning $23 million to push its total to $355 million. “The Captain” in a thriller set on an airplane with its windscreen shattered 32,000 feet over Tibet. “My People, My Country” is an anthology film consist of seven short stories directed by several different directors, which are based on seven moments since the founding of People’s Republic of China.


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