It beat out previous record-holder "Venom", which earned $80 million its opening weekend a year ago. The Warner Bros. release dethrones another movie with comic book origins, Sony's Venom, which bowed to $80.3 million a year ago.
Overseas, Joker laughed its way to a terrific $140 million this weekend. The film did not grow on Sunday as its a metro release mainly and these places see a drop in occupancy on Sunday evening. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Joaquin Phoenix, Joker, and the future of the DC slate as we learn it.
While many reviewers have focused on Fleck as an "incel" hero - his status as a sexless loner who turns to violence - the true nature of the movie's appeal is actually broader: It's an insidious validation of the white-male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to power. On Thursday night, a theater in Southern California was closed following a credible threat.
Prior to the movie's release, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received tips of threatening posts on social media calling for "unspecific mass shootings" linked to its release, according to a joint intelligence bulletin obtained by ABC News.
On Friday alone, Warner Bros. These are indeed impressive numbers for a film where the villain takes precedence over a superhero, that too, someone like Batman! "Joker'" will have an even higher grossing number by Monday. "It became a cultural phenomenon". Comic book films typically are font loaded and see significant dropoffs after their opening weekends, but this is, of course, not your typical example of the genre.
The film, which holds a 69% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes, has garnered some critical acclaim. The younger audience also gave the film a more favorable A- CinemaScore.
The star is already Oscar-tipped for his performance, and the film has smashed October records with its performance at the box office.
Controversy about gun violence associated with the film reached such a fever pitch that director Todd Phillips lashed out at "far left" groups who were stirring controversy about the film, and Warner Brothers was eventually forced to restrict press access at the premiere event to photographers only.
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