'Joker' expected to cross $1 billion global box office milestone

Brenda Watkins
November 16, 2019

"Joker" had already passed up "Deadpool" ($783 million) to become the top-grossing R-rated pic of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

The critically-acclaimed film has already acquired $998 million worldwide, almost seven weeks after it's premiere, according to Forbes.

Its popularity is seemingly refusing to die off as fans are still heading to cinemas to check it out. In addition to "Aquaman" and the two "Dark Knight" movies, the other titles are the final "Harry Potter" movie ($1.34 billion) and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ($1.02 billion).

Meanwhile, Joaquin also admitted that he didn't expect "Joker" to be so successful.

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There are several other Hollywood films that have spanned the $1 billion mark this year, including Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Spider-Man: Far From Home, but what makes Joker stand apart is the fact that it is the first with an R-rating to manage the feat. Warner Bros. probably doesn't care what the sequel is; if they can put anything out called Joker 2 by Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix, you have to think they will do it. With a budget of $62.5 million, Joker is also the cheapest film to cross the billion dollar mark. 'But it couldn't just be this wild and insane movie about the 'Clown Prince of Crime, ' ' he says.

Overall, it is becoming the 13th live-action comic book movie to collect $1 billion or more, even though it is not billed as a traditional "superhero" movie. "It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that [the first movie] does".

'Because I think that's ultimately why the movie connected, outside of all the noise and mishegoss of the last month and a half, ' the Oscar-nominated Borat writer told the Times. The version I'd kinda want to see is the "crazy movie about the "Clown Prince of Crime" version, but I suppose it's possible they could do something much more in the vein of Joker and make it work. "If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting".

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