released by Disney shows, from left, Harris Dickinson as Prince Phillip,
Elle Fanning as Aurora, Robert Lindsay as King John and Michelle Pfeiffer as
Queen Ingrith in a scene from the film, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” (Jaap
Buitendijk/Disney via AP)
Los Angeles (AP) —
The Walt Disney Co.’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” knocked
“Joker” out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.
Studios on Sunday say the film starring
Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning grossed an estimated $36 million in North
America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters.
The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70
million domestically in 2014, and the sequel was expected to earn more
Although, “It’s not as strong as we
hoped domestically, but it’s a good start for October and we have a great
window leading into Halloween,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of
theatrical distribution. “Most encouraging is the fact that audiences seem
to be responding very positively.”
The A CinemaScore — in contrast to the
mixed critical reviews — suggests that the film could have a longer life at
the box office.
Although it fell to second place after
two weekends at the top, Warner Bros.’ “Joker” continues to hold strong at
the box office. It added $29.2 million in its third weekend in North
America. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million
domestically. Worldwide, it’s earned $737.5 million, and has already
surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Justice League” and “Suicide Squad.”
Now the big question is whether the
R-rated film will make it to $1 billion, but with a $55 million production
budget, it’s already a massive hit for the studio and will likely also
become director Todd Phillips’ highest-grossing film too.
“It’s already in territory that nobody
thought it would get to. It’s achieved a box office that is above the
wildest expectations of the studio and analysts,” said Paul Dergarabedian,
Comscore’s senior media analyst. “Even if the box office stopped right now
it’s an absolute, unqualified success.”
Third place went to another new sequel,
Columbia Pictures’ “Zombieland: Double Tap” with $26.7 million. The R-rated
comedy comes 10 years after the original, reuniting Jesse Eisenberg, Emma
Stone and Woody Harrelson with director Ruben Fleischer.
“Three films earning over $25 million,
that doesn’t happen very often,” Dergarabedian noted, although the weekend
is down from last year when “Halloween” opened to over $76 million.
In notable landmarks, “Hustlers”
crossed $100 million domestically this weekend. It’s the second STX film to
do so this year after “The Upside.”
And buzzy, awards-friendly indies are
continuing to thrive. “Parasite,” which opened last weekend, added $1.2
million. This weekend, Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit” opened in
five theaters with a strong $350,000, the black and white Robert Pattinson
and Willem Dafoe mindbender “The Lighthouse” earned $419,764 from eight
theaters, and “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot” grossed $93,520 from one screen this
But the year is still down 5% from last
“It was a great weekend for sequels and
great weekend for indie movies,” Dergarabedian said. “But we’re still
struggling to get ahead of last year. We’re racing to the finish line here.
We’ve only got 11 weekends left to go.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday
through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where
available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are
also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” $36
million ($117 million international).
2. “Joker,” $29.5 million ($77.8
3. “Zombieland: Double Tap,” $26.7
million ($5.3 million international).
4. “The Addams Family,” $16.1 million.
5. “Gemini Man,” $8.5 million ($33.4
6. “Abominable,” $3.5 million ($9.2
7. “Downton Abbey,” $3.1 million ($2.5
8. “Judy,” $2.1 million ($1.3 million
9. “Hustlers,” $2.1 million ($3 million
10. “It: Chapter Two,” $1.5 million.
July 31, 2015 file photo, Dolly Parton performs in concert at the Ryman
Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Parton will perform a new song “Faith” in
a gospel medley at the Country Music Association Awards on the Nov. 13
awards show in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
The Associated Press
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) —
Dolly Parton will perform a new song “Faith” in a gospel medley, Reba
McEntire will revisit her hit “Fancy” and Chris Stapleton will perform a
duet with Pink at this year’s Country Music Association Awards.
CMA announced Wednesday the first
round of performers for the Nov. 13 awards show in Nashville, Tennessee.
Parton will also sing “God Only Knows” with Christian duo for King &
Country and “There Was Jesus” with Zach Williams.
Carrie Underwood, who is nominated
for entertainer of the year and will host the show with McEntire and
Parton, will perform “Drinking Alone,” while Miranda Lambert will sing
her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”
Additional performers include Eric
Church, Luke Combs, Keith Urban and the show’s top nominee, Maren
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, “Colorado”
Neil Young is back with his old
band Crazy Horse in all their ragged glory with “Colorado,” a beautiful,
rambling, chaotic howl against climate change, division and hate.
It’s one of Young’s best record in
years, reminiscent of 1989’s triumphant “Ragged Glory,” and his first
with Crazy Horse since 2012.
Young, an old man showing no signs
of slowing down at 73, cranks up both his rage and tenderness as only he
can with the latest incarnation of Crazy Horse behind him. The band
members have spent 50 years recording on and off with Young. The latest
version features longtime Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils Lofgren, who
replaces retired 70-year-old Frank “Poncho” Sampedro.
But just like Young, Crazy Horse
seems to defy the passing of time with the energy and emotion they bring
to “Colorado.” That passion is on full display on “Mountaintop,” a
companion documentary that captured the recording session high in the
Rockies as Young and Crazy Horse suck on oxygen and work out the new
The sweetly melodic three-minute
opening track “Think of Me” could easily fit on Young’s 1992 “Harvest
Moon.” But in a sharp left turn, Young follows it up with a shambolic
13-minute jam — “She Showed Me Love” — with echoes of earlier Crazy
Horse adventures like 1969’s “Down by the River.”
As he has for much of the past
decade, Young focuses his rage on climate change, railing about “old
white guys trying to kill Mother Nature.”
On the standout “Rainbow of
Colors,” Young offers some hope amid the despair. “There’s a rainbow of
colors/In the old USA,” Young croons. “No one’s gonna whitewash those
Young’s never one to whitewash
anything, as he proves magnificently once again on “Colorado.”