Joker brings in a further $7.4m over the weekend, beating Hustlers and Gemini Man

Female led-drama, Hustlers, and action flick, Gemini Man, have failed to topple the Joker in their opening weekend at the Australian box office. Hustlers, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as strippers who become con artists during the Global Financial Crisis, came in second on the weekend earning $2.819 million from 368 screens.

Gemini Man stars Will Smith as Henry Brogan, a former assassin being hunted by a clone of his younger self – also played by Smith. The film came in behind Hustlers with $1.513 million from 370 screens.

Joker brought in $7.439 million from 541 screens over the weekend, a drop of 24% from last weekend’s $10 million debut. The film stars Joaquin Pheonix as the titular villain from the DC Comics Universe, telling the story of how The Joker came to be. There has been public criticism that the film promotes incel culture, but it continues to climb, with a running total of $22m at the Australian box office.

Australian film Ride Like a Girl, which follows the story of jockey Michelle Payne, experienced a 21% drop in its third weekend at the box office. The film earned  $1.3m at the box office from 289 screens, making its running total $6.874m.

Animated features, Abominable and The Angry Birds Movie 2, felt the benefit of the last weekend of school holidays in some states. Abominable was shown on 274 screens earning $1.146m, and Angry Birds received $899,841 from 285 screens.

After debuting at number one and holding the top spot for a second week, Downton Abbey, brought in $548,364 over its fifth weekend, from 269 screens. The running total in Australia for the film is now $12.391m.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
The Joker (Wb) $7,439,024 541 $22,037,700
Hustlers (Roadshow) $2,819,787 368 $3,298,856
Gemini Man (Paramount) $1,513,794 370 $1,547,260
Ride Like A Girl (Transmission) $1,306,442 289 $7,567,624
Abominable (Universal) $1,146,046 274 $8,298,704
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $899,841 285 $9,274,895
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (Paramount) $714,121 259 $6,044,364
Downton Abbey (Universal) $548,364 269 $12,391,812
Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue (Paramount) $333,912 221 $1,057,285
Good Boys (Universal) $315,535 191 $5,198,633
War (Mindblowing Films) $232,586 43 $1,174,383
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Universal) $188,777 158 $2,194,571
Ad Astra (Fox) $178,520 136 $5,419,812
Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&m2 (Trafalgar) $158,311 115 $312,978
Uglydolls (Roadshow) $117,806 104 $1,172,363
It: Chapter 2 (Wb) $106,370 100 $15,532,048
The Captain (Magnum) $105,784 17 $800,004
My People, My Country (Cmc Pictures) $105,689 27 $1,268,148
The Climbers (Magnum) $100,396 26 $100,396
The Sky Is Pink (Mindblowing Films) $69,007 37 $69,007

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