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'Joker' is pacing to have the biggest box-office opening ever for October
It looks like "Joker" is going to have the last laugh [...]

Thursday preview screenings of "Joker" brought in $13.3 million. That's a record for the month of October, beating out Sony's "Venom," which opened last year with $10 million in previews and went on to have an opening weekend domestic total of $80 million, which is also a record.  

`Ad Astra' Is The Latest Movie About Toxic Masculinity To Struggle At The Box Office

As Ad Astra inched past the $20 million mark in its fourth day of domestic release, the odds of being a financial win for Fox and Disney are not in its favor. Yes, it is a visual wonder, and I would argue it has enough action and pulpy material to satiate those mostly showing up for blockbuster thrills. However, James Gray's mix of Apocalypse Now and Solaris was never going to be as inherently commercial as something like The Martian or even Passengers. That said, with $46 million worldwide so far on a budget of around $100 million (thanks to reshoots following poor test screenings), the (rather good) Brad Pitt sci-fi melodrama is just the latest movie about toxic masculinity to disappoint or outright fail at the box office.
by das monde on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 03:22:50 PM EST
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