Just After Its Release, 'Joker' Is Already Beating Records At The US Box Office

93 million dollars in ticket sales... in just one weekend.

The long-awaited Joker from Warner studios has shot to the top of the North American box office this weekend with 93.5 million dollars in ticket sales despite controversy over its violent content, according to provisional figures published on Sunday by Exhibitor Relations. This sum gives the feature film the best October opening weekend in the history of the American box office. 

Although the movie by Todd Phillips about the origins of Batman's sworn enemy, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, won the prize for best movie at Venice Film Festival, it quickly gave rise to controversy in the US even before it was released. Some people feared the movie could incite violence, questioning Todd Phillips' empathy towards his hero.

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Not yet released in France or in China, the film has already accumulated 140 million dollars in ticket sales across 70 different countries, making it a significant success already – all the more so given that the budget for the movie has been estimated at between 55 and 70 million dollars. It's good news for Warner and DC Comics.

Joker Is Smashing The Competition

Far behind, in second place, is the Chinese-American animated film Abominable with its magical yeti Everest, which earned 12 million dollars over the weekend. In third place, with 8 million, is Downton Abbey, the cinema adaptation of the series with the same name telling the story of the Crawley family and their domestic staff.

The stripteasers of Queens, who steal from their rich Wall Street clients, starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Cardi B, are in fourth place with 6.3 million dollars. IT Chapter Two, the sequel to the horror film adapted from Stephen King's novel, came fifth with 5.4 million in ticket sales.

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Here's the rest of the Top 10:

  • 6. Ad Astra: 4.6 million dollars
  • 7. Judy: 4.4 million dollars
  • 8. Rambo: Last Blood: 3.6 million dollars
  • 9. War: 1.6 million dollars
  • 10. Good Boys: 900,000 dollars

 

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Louis Lepron, published on 08/10/2019

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