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The field workplace debut of Joker, Todd Phillips’ newest movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as one in every of trendy historical past’s most well-known comic-book supervillains, was no joke.
Setting a brand new excessive for the month of October, the Warner Bros. movie raked in $93.5 million domestically and $140.5 million abroad over the weekend for a worldwide begin of $234 million. (That is with out China, the place the film is unlikely to be launched due to its bleak, nihilistic themes.)
Within the U.S., the R-rated origin pic sparked widespread safety considerations within the days main as much as its launch on Friday, prompting cinemas throughout the nation to ramp up safety the movie’s opening weekend, together with an elevated police presence and ID checks (an R score signifies that anybody beneath 17 should be accompanied by a dad or mum or grownup).
And a few cinemas, corresponding to AMC Theatres and Alamo Drafthouse, warned mother and father that Joker is not an peculiar Hollywood superhero film.
Executives at Warners had been protecting a low profile on Sunday in mild of the safety considerations, and did not provide up the standard field workplace feedback.
Listed below are the data and highlights of Joker‘s debut, not adjusted for inflation.
Largest October Home Opening of All Time
The earlier finest was Sony’s superhero pic Venom, which launched on the identical weekend in 2018 with $80.three million. The success of Venom — rated PG-13 — little doubt was an element when Warner Bros. was courting Joker, which additionally scored a file opening day for the month of October ($39.7 million).
Largest October Worldwide Opening of All Time
Venom was the earlier champ with $127.2 million.
Joker exceeded all expectations internationally, together with scoring the highest bow of all time for a Warners pic in South Korea ($16.three million). Within the Asia area total, the movie boasted the fourth-biggest debut of all time for a Warners film, together with Japan ($7 million).
Joker scored the largest October debut of all time in 21 markets throughout the globe, together with Mexico ($13.1 million) — the place it was additionally notched the second-biggest opening ever for a DC-related movie behind Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice — Australia ($6.6 million) and Brazil ($7.three million). And in 39 markets, the film delivered Warners its greatest opening of the 12 months to this point, together with the U.Okay. ($14.eight million) and Russia ($10 million),
Largest Imax October Opening
The massive-format exhibitor generated $9 million in ticket gross sales.
Largest Worldwide Launch of All Time for October
Joker skipped previous Venom‘s $207.three million international debut.
A Profession-Greatest Begin for Todd Phillips
The filmmaker’s earlier greatest opening belonged to The Hangover Half II in 2011 ($85.9 million). In 2009, The Hangover debuted to $45 million, whereas the third Hangover installment launched to $41.7 million in 2013. Warfare Canines, Phillips’ final movie previous to Joker, opened to a disappointing $14.7 million in 2016.
A Profession-Greatest Begin for Joaquin Phoenix
Phoenix’s earlier greatest home debut belonged to M. Evening Shymalan’s Indicators in 2002 ($60.1 million).
A Profession-Greatest Begin for Co-Star Robert De Niro
De Niro’s earlier greatest live-action debut was Meet the Fockers in 2004 ($46.1 million).
Fourth-Greatest Weekend Opening for an R-Rated Pic
Topping the record is Deadpool ($132.Four million), adopted by Deadpool 2 ($125.5 million), It ($123.Four million) after which Joker. Subsequent are 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded ($91.eight million) and It: Chapter Two, which debuted final month to $91.1 million.
Warner Bros.’ Largest Home Opening in Two Years
In September 2017, It debuted to $123.Four million, adopted by $93.eight million for Justice League in November of that 12 months. Usually talking, Warners has had a tough 12 months to date, outdoors of Joker, It: Chapter Two and Annabelle Comes House.
Widest October Launch of All Time in North America
Joker rolled out in 4,374 theaters, edging Venom‘s 4,350 areas.
In photos: Joker by means of the years, from Heath Ledger to Joaquin Phoenix
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