“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is giving Disney another No. 1 at the box office. After making $12.5 million on Friday, “Mistress of Evil” is now projected for a $38 million opening weekend. However, it is well below the $69 million opening earned by the first “Maleficent” in 2014.
In a narrow race for No. 2 are newcomer “Zombieland: Double Tap” and “Joker.” In its third weekend, “Joker” is estimated for a $29-30 million total and is expected to pass the box office run of “Justice League” with $247 million domestic and over $660 million worldwide. It will also join the list of the top 5 highest grossing R-rated releases in box office history. “Zombieland: Double Tap” opened with $27 million.
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