Los Angeles, Oct 29 (AP/UNB) — The "Maleficent" sequel has overtaken "Joker" for the weekend box-office crown in North America.
Final figures released Monday showed "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" earned $19.4 million, pulling ahead of "Joker" by a mere $122,000.
"Joker" had been the top film on Sunday based on studio estimates after being knocked out of the top spot by "Maleficent" last week.
Joaquin Phoenix traces the origins of the classic Batman villain in "Joker." It has earned $278 million in the United States and Canada in its first four weeks, and it is the international record-holder for an R-rated film with $852 million in earnings.
The "Maleficent" sequel, which stars Angelina Jolie as the classic Disney villain, has earned $66.2 million in North America in its first two weeks.
New York, Oct 27 (AP/UNB) — "Joker" narrowly bested "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" to regain the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in its fourth week of release.
The R-rated comic-book hit earned an estimated $18.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That came in just above the $18.6 million haul for the "Maleficent" sequel.
With such a close race to the top, the order could switch when final figures are released Monday.
Todd Phillips' "Joker" recently became the most successful R-rated moved ever, not accounting for inflation, in worldwide release. It's made $849 million globally.
No new releases competed with the holdovers. The best-performing newcomer was the horror thriller "Countdown." It grossed $9 million.
Beijing, Oct 27 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Domestic drama film "Better Days" led the Chinese mainland box office on its second day of screening on Saturday, raking in 232.19 million yuan (about 32.87 million U.S. dollars), the China Movie Data Information Network said Sunday.
Accounting for nearly 68 percent of the total ticket sales of the day on the Chinese mainland, the film, directed by Derek Tsang, tells the story of two high school students whose fates were changed by an accident.
It was followed by "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy film "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie portraying the title role, which grossed 27.03 million yuan.
Coming in the thrid was domestic disaster film "The Captain," which had led the Chinese mainland box office for several days and took in 21.87 million yuan on the 27th day of its screening.
Maputo, Oct 25 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese Film Week kicked off here on Thursday evening, bringing several renowned Chinese films such as "Happiness" and "Monster Hunt" on show.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Su Jian voiced hope that the Chinese films, dubbed in Portuguese, will help the Mozambican people to better understand China and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
"The selected films were excellently made, which have demonstrated China's long history and modern style, and reflected the current artistic level and innovation trend of Chinese film production as well," said Su.
"With the deepening of China-Mozambique friendship in recent years, cultural and people-to-people exchanges have become a new highlight in bilateral relations," he said.
"It is a moment for the people of China and Mozambique to make more friends and exchange experiences in the film industry," Ivan Bonde, director of Mozambique's National Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries, said at the ceremony.
The Mozambican government has been implementing policies to promote the cultural and creative industries, including guidelines and regulations, Bonde added.
Mozambican government officials, local students and audiences, and representatives of Chinese communities also attended the ceremony.
New York, Oct 24 (AP/UNB) — Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" is heading back into theaters with 10 minutes of added scenes.
Sony Pictures said Wednesday that the longer "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" will play in more than 1,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning Friday. The new running time will push Tarantino's 1969 Los Angeles fable to nearly three hours.
"Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" has been one of the most successful original films of the year. The movie was made for $90 million. It has grossed $139.8 million domestically and $366.8 million worldwide.
The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt is expected to be a major Oscar contender.