Warner Bros.’ “Joker” is officially the first R-rated movie in history to earn over $1 billion at the global box office.
Joaquin Phoenix’s twisted take on the Batman villain marks the seventh movie this year (and first that’s not from Disney or Marvel) to join the elusive billion-dollar club. Among Warner Bros.’ movies, it’s only the seventh to reach that milestone after titles including “Aquaman” and fellow Batman films “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2”
Given its modest $62.5 million budget, “Joker” has become one of the most profitable superhero movies of all time. “Joker” set numerous records since debuting on Oct. 4, including biggest domestic opening weekend for the month of October ($96 million). In the weeks leading up to its release, “Joker” elicited security concerns over its depiction of a mass murderer. It also drew outrage from the families and friends of survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting during “The Dark Knight Rises.” But mounting concerns didn’t impact ticket sales, and “Joker” maintained a huge draw in theaters among moviegoers across the globe.
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