Joker might have been shrouded in controversy because of its depiction of real-world violence, however, the critically acclaimed comic book movie had a pretty great run at the box office during its opening weekend, surpassing the numbers of some of the comic book movie genre’s other entries this year.
According to Box Office Mojo, Joker managed to rake in $96.2 million at the domestic box office and $248.4 million at the international box office. That makes the film $4 million shy from beating out the entire box office run of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The film which was a major flop both in critical and commercial aspects ended its box office run in the middle of August with a total gross of $252.4 million.
The film also beat out Venom’s opening weekend box office numbers. The first entry in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters managed to bring in $80.25 million at the domestic box office despite the terrible reviews surrounding the movie, giving the film the highest opening weekend for an October release. Now it looks like Joker’s taken the crown, surpassing industry expectations that the film would come in second to Tom Hardy’s first standalone film.
Right now Joker is enjoying a 68% critic score and a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes with the critical consensus saying that the film “gives its infamous character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star – and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.”
Joker is currently screening in cinemas.