Since its opening earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s Joker has been a powerhouse across the globe, passing the milestone $800 million mark, making it the highest grossing R-rated film of all time worldwide at $804.4 million and counting.
The announcement was made a few days ago by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros.
Todd Phillips’ film had an impressive opening weekend making the Joaquin Phoenix vehicle the biggest October opener of all time domestically, internationally and worldwide.
Since then, domestically the film has grossed $264.1 million in just three weeks and can boast numerous October records, including largest pre-show, and largest Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
It also earned the largest all-time opening for a drama, an R-rated DC film, a Todd Phillips film, a Joaquin Phoenix film, a Robert De Niro film, and a Village Roadshow film.
Internationally, Joker has garnered a total of $540.3 million and holds records for the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time in 14 markets, including Argentina and Mexico, and the highest-grossing DC film in 30 markets, including Italy, Spain, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
Ryan Reynolds, whose Deadpool was the highest grossing R-rated film tweeted this to troll and congratulate Mr. Jay’s team:
R-Rated box office congratulatory posts aren’t like the ones you’re used to… pic.twitter.com/OTy2BqIP4f
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 25, 2019
In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “Todd Phillips’s bold, creative vision is evident in every frame of Joker, matched only by Joaquin Phoenix’s incomparable interpretation of this iconic character. What they and everyone who worked on this film created has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide.” He added, “We congratulate them and our colleagues at DC on reaching this extraordinary benchmark, and I personally want to congratulate the entire Warner Bros. team on the roll-out of this film.”
Obviously almost pulling in $1B brings up talk of a potential sequel. During the HBO Max presentation, a great deal was made about the fact that Joker will be on the streaming service when it debuts. Could a sequel be in the cards?
“Joaquin and I would constantly talk about a sequel on set,” the director recently admitted. “We’ve never seriously discussed it and still haven’t because we really always envisioned it as its own standalone thing.” It’s definitely exciting to think that a follow-up could become a reality.
We’ll just wait and see. Hahahahahahahahahaha!