No laughing matter! Joker makes history!

As was to be expected, Todd Phillips' "Joker" delivered big time on its opening weekend in North America and around the world. Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of the DC Comics adaptation opened to an astounding $93.5 million at the domestic box office, which makes it the biggest opening for October and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. This figure includes the $13.3 million it made on Thursday night, which surpassed Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman, three other DC films.

Overseas, the crime-drama saw another $141 million from overseas showings, making a powerful $234 million global launch. Thea film also managed to score the biggest 2019 opening for a Warner Bros. title in 39 markets including UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. It was also the biggest October opening weekend in 21 markets including Spain, UAE, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. 

Domestically, it also holds another record as the DC picture holds the record for the widest October opening ever, playing in 4,374 locations.

The films received rave reviews from most viewers and recently won the Golden Lion, the Venice Film Festival’s highest prize, on Aug. 31.






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