It looks like Joker is inching closer towards a billion-dollar box office haul.
According to Box Office Mojo, Joker has now reached $948 million at the global box office, making Todd Phillip’s gritty character study of the Clown Prince of Crime one of the most successful endeavors over DC. Analysts are expecting the film to pull in another $50 million within the next few weeks, allowing the movie to reach $1 billion and become one of DC’s most successful entries to date.
Joker’s earnings have been pretty tremendous for Warner Brothers. It might not seem seeing how Marvel movies like Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War earn more than $2 billion during its theatrical run, but $948 billion is a great number for a movie like Joker.
Unlike Endgame and Infinity War which cost a whole lot for Marvel to produce, Joker survived on a production budget of $55 million. Though we’re not really counting the film’s marketing costs in the budget, the production budget and the film’s current box office haul make the movie one of Warner Brother’s most profitable projects to date.
Joker’s success doesn’t really come as a surprise knowing Joaquin Phoenix’s ability as an actor, however, the movie has been clouded by controversy ever since its global release. There were concerns that the movie would encourage violence among individuals with the same temperament and personality as Phoenix’s character, Arthur Fleck – so much so that the FBI actually checked Joker posts on social media and the New York Police Department patrolled screenings during the film’s premiere.
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Joker is currently screening in cinemas.