The clown is officially laughing all the way to the bank. Joker has just unseated Venom as the top October grosser with a massive $93.5 million take on its opening weekend.
The report comes from Forbes, confirming that Joker has bested the Tom Hardy film, which brought in $80.2 million when it debuted in October 2018.
It's an impressive feat considering that people originally questioned the casting of Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime and the fact that director Todd Phillips kept insisting that the movie is not connected to the Joker's comic book origins. In addition to that, there was much concern about how the film reportedly glorified gun use and violence, leading to the FBI promising to take Joker-related threats seriously.
Despite all that, Joker was a huge hit at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it earned an eight-minute standing ovation during its premiere. The Warner Bros. film would go on to win the Golden Lion, which is the festival's highest prize. Additionally, it was certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes soon after its August premiere.
Joker stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who struggles with poverty and is shunned by society. Since he is mentally ill, Arthur embraces the chaos within him and turns to a life of crime as he discovers his true calling.
The film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Glenn Fleshler, and Brian Tyree Henry. It is currently screening in theaters worldwide.