The Joker hit ONE BILLION DOLLARS at box office as comic book film becomes first R-rated movie to reach epic figure

The Joker has earned one billion dollars at the box office yesterday evening (16th November). The critically-acclaimed film reached the figure nearly seven weeks after it’s premiere, according to Forbes. The Joker will also have the honor of being the first R-rated film to make a billion dollars at the box office.

More than 40 films have ever made a billion dollars at the box office. Recent films include Aquaman ($1.048 billion) and Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.031 billion). Domestically, the film, which was made on a $62.5 million budget, has brought in $316.692 million domestically. Unlike Aquaman ($1.148B) and Spider-Man: Far from Home ($1.131B), Joker will successfully pass the billion mark without help from audiences in China.

In fact, if Joker passes Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight ($1.005B) starring the late Heath Ledger, then it’ll be the biggest-grossing movie ever to not play in China. Joker may have divided critics – with a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – but it’s currently the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

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Vincent D’Onofrio‏, Jessica Chastain, Mark Hamill, Aaron Eckhart, and Josh Brolin were among the actors championing Joaquin’s Oscar-worthy performance as Arthur Fleck. Phoenix (born Bottom) was previously nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for Gladiator in 2000, and a leading actor Oscar for Walk the Line in 2005 and The Master in 2012.

The actor has previously hinted he’d been interested in reprising the role for a potential sequel. ‘I wouldn’t just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful. That’s ridiculous,’ Joaquin told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.

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‘In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, “Todd [Phillips], can you start working on a sequel? There’s way too much to explore.” It was kind of in jest – but not really.’ The 49-year-old filmmaker said a Joker sequel ‘would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does.’

‘Because I think that’s ultimately why the movie connected, outside of all the noise and mishegoss of the last month and a half,’ the Oscar-nominated Borat writer told the Times.

Source: DailyMail UK
Photo source: AP 

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