Todd Phillips’ DC movie Joker is poised to become the highest grossing R-rated U.S. release of all-time heading toward a potential $900M in global ticket sales.
In its third weekend, the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/Bron Studios’ release made $107M worldwide sending its overall total to $737.5M. The pic, which has won Joaquin Phoenix high praise for his turn as a twisted, social outcast and a top spot on awards prognosticators’ annual best actor list, just needs to beat Deadpool‘s $783M tally before it owns the global-grossing record for a R-rated U.S. release. Deadpool 2‘s $785M global gross includes $47M from its PG-13 holiday cut. Joker has already surpassed New Line’s It worldwide B.O. of $700.3M, and will soon outstrip Warner/VR’s The Matrix Reloaded‘s $742.1M WW. The only place left for Joker to trick and treat is in China.
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There were extreme concerns from the FBI, U.S. military, LAPD, NYPD and local law enforcement around the country over Joker and its impact on America’s NRA-obsessed society. Thank God, people have just simply gone to the movies to watch the edgiest DC comic book film of-all-time. One rival distribution exec exclaimed today how Phoenix’s performance “is transcendent”, provoking the masses to go. Warner Bros. marketing department, which knew how to sell Joker before Phillips shot a frame, also gets huge credit here for positioning the pic as a hip, cool, prolific comic-book film you’ve never seen (as opposed to its severe Taxi Driver meets Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer sensibilities). By premiering the pic on the fall film festival circuit of Venice and TIFF, Warners promptly wowed reviewers who gave it a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, enough to enable the pic to crossover to non-fanboys who are propelling Joker to $300M domestic. Joker will soon pass $500M overseas. Nancy breaks down this weekend’s Joker updates here.