Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix proceed to outpace the competitors within the North American field workplace as Joker enters its second weekend, Variety stories. Early estimates are projecting $50 million at 4,374 theaters nationwide. This comes after a record-breaking opening weekend, regardless of concerns of violence inflicting the movie to be pulled from a number of theatrical chains.
The information is much less optimistic for the brand new Ang Lee and Will Smith joint, Gemini Man, which pits Smith in opposition to a totally rendered CGI clone of his youthful self. Gemini Man is coming in considerably underneath expectations with $19 million projected at 3,642 theaters nationwide.
In our review, GameSpot’s Chris Hayner referred to as Gemini Man bland, and missing in depth and growth for its characters. “At the end of the day, though, it’s the story and forgettable characters that keep Gemini Man from being something special,” Hayner wrote. “Lee knew what he was making with Gemini Man, and it shows. It’s a movie-length technology sizzle reel. This is a film meant to show audiences just how far the medium has come. From filming at 120 FPS in 4K, to digitally building a clone of the movie’s star to make them fight in a series of over-the-top action sequences, there’s a lot to marvel at in Gemini Man. But the visuals can also border on uncanny, and Gemini Man just doesn’t have the story to back that action up.”
Meanwhile, GameSpot’s Mike Rougeau referred to as Joker “a new, complex version of a familiar character that we’ve never seen before,” and “the dark anti-hero origin story that comic book movies deserve.”