“Joker” Is About To Break The $1 Billion Mark

DC and Warner Bros. really hit the jackpot with Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix‘s “Joker” film. The film has now become a staple of pop culture and is recognized by audiences globally, and considering how high scale of a risk this film was, that is definitely saying something. The film holds the highest R-rated opening to any film as of writing, and is the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. So how far has it gone?

Although this was a small scale film compared to other superhero and comic book films, “Joker” is far on its way to crossing that $1 billion line that is so coveted by movie makers. With “Terminator: Dark Fate” failure, only popping up on the radar its opening weekend, “Joker” was the go to film on Halloween. As Variety reported:

…Warner Bros.’ “Joker” benefitted from Halloween and held steady at No. 2, declining just 29% to $13.6 million in its fifth weekend of release. “Joker” has generated a huge $299 million in North America and $934 million globally, putting Joaquin Phoenix’s super-villain origin story on track to clear the $1 billion mark worldwide.

Paving a way for a new type of superhero and comic book movie that breaks the cycles established by DC and Marvel, let us hope that DC can potentially keep this train going. Their next film, “Birds of Prey
(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is set to be released on February 7th, 2020. Although it is doubtful that DC will be able to replicate the hype and/or delivery the “Joker” film had with pop culture, there is no denying that they shouldn’t at least try.

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