'Joker' just crossed the billion-dollar box office mark
There seems to be absolutely no stopping Warner Bros and DC's Joker, which just became the first R-rated film to take over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
At the time of writing, Box Office Mojo has its worldwide takings at $1.017 billion, with $694 million of that coming from outside American markets. Unbelievably, this is all in spite of the film not getting a release in China, the second biggest movie market in the world.
Director Todd Phillips shared a short video celebrating the milestone, and said: "Wow. What a ride this has been!! Thank you to the fans!"
Since the film had a relatively small production budget of $62.5 million, that also makes it the most profitable comic book movie of all time. Perhaps that means we're going to see more medium-budget movies based not heroes, but supervillains (see: the upcoming Harley Quinn/Venom/Morbius features).
Just why has the film been so popular, especially with its decidedly mixed reception? Perhaps it's because, though people still care about comic book stories, they're looking for something more nuanced than the classic good-guy-beats-bad-guy narrative. Or maybe people just really like clowns.
Joker is in cinemas now, and is also available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray
From: Digital Spy