It looks like the controversy surrounding ‘Joker‘ helped the film in a strange way. Everyone wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and it’s generating lots of $$$ at the box office.
In its second weekend, Joker took in a cool $55 million, which means it has a 10-day domestic total of $192.7 million. Globally, it has a ridiculous $543.9 million, setting itself up for a possible $1 billion haul.
The film worked with a budget of around $65 million, so it’s all profit for the studio.
Sadly, that’s not the case for Will Smith’s latest film, Gemini Man. The film opened to just $20 million this weekend, and that’s pretty terrible considering the $140 million budget.
A $20 million opening for the costly Gemini Man, which likely tops out at $50 million domestic, is awful. Even if it gets to $200 million worldwide, Paramount and its partners are looking at a major loss. What had been projected to gross around $30 million came in a third lower.
But hey, at least Gemini Man beat Jexi, which released nationwide this weekend and only made $3.1 million. The movie has a terrible 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.
Thankfully it only had a $5 million budget.[mashshare]