Joker is making news today, and thankfully it’s not for the reason people were nervous about leading up to the premiere last Friday. Reports from the weekend’s box office are in, and it looks like the only negative press Warner Bros. has to deal with is whatever yikes-worthy shit comes out of Todd Phillips or Joaquin Phoenix’s mouths. Because Joker broke a bunch of records and made a ton of money.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Joker made $96 million this weekend domestically, and $151 million overseas. That’s a total box office take of $247 million. Not bad for what is basically the haunted house ride at the amusement park, right Marty? Joker was made on a reported budget of $55 to $70 million, which means its made its production budget back almost four times in its opening weekend. Aside from money, here are the records that it broke. Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters should be celebrating today, because something finally knocked Venom off its high dollar-covered horse.
Biggest October Domestic Opening of All Time
The previous record holder was Venom, which pulled in $80.3 million in its opening weekend last year. Joker also broke a single-day October opening record with $39.7 million. Sorry Venom, we hardly knew you.
Biggest October International Opening of All Time
Again, Venom was the previous record holder there, with an international box office total $127.2 million. Joker also broke the all-time debut weekend record for a Warner Bros. film in South Korea. In overall Asia records, Joker is the fourth most successful Warner Bros. film. They don’t have numbers on China, because it’s unlikely Joker will play there (according to THR, China isn’t crazy about the film’s “nihilistic tone“). Joker is Warner Bros. biggest opening weekend champion of 2019 in 39 markets including UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.
Biggest Imax October Opening
Apparently people spent $9 million to watch Joaquin look hungry and dirty on a giant-ass screen.
Biggest Worldwide Launch of All Time for October
Once again, Joker’s $247 million total beat Venom’s $207.3 million.
Career-Best for Todd Phillips
Do I even have to specify that it made more money than School for Scoundrels? But really, Todd Phillips’ biggest opening to date was for The Hangover II in 2011, which brought in $85.9 million.
Career-Best for Joaquin Phoenix
Before Joker, Joaquin’s biggest opening weekend was in 2002 with Signs.
Career-Best for Robert De Niro
Bobby D’s biggest opening prior to Joker was Meet the Fockers in 2004.
Fourth-Best Weekend Opening for an R-Rated Pic in the U.S.
The only R-rated movies that have made more in their opening weekend are Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and It. Deadpool had the biggest R-rated opening weekend ever with $132.4 million.
Warner Bros.’ Biggest Domestic Opening in Two Years
Their last huge opening weekend was with It back in September 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. didn’t have a comment on the weekend’s box office, which THR attributes to Warner Bros. trying to keep a low profile out of security concerns. Deadline hypothesizes that Joker made so much money from superhero fanboys, and people interested in seeing if the Oscar buzz is real. Here’s the top 5 movies at the domestic box office this weekend:
1. Joker ($96 million)
2. Abominable ($12 million)
3. Downton Abbey ($8 million)
4. Hustlers ($6.3 million)
5. It: Chapter Two ($5.4 million)
It was obviously a very busy weekend for movie theater staff. I’m sure they will appreciate a bit of a break today. And I’m glad the media speculation was wrong, and the worst they had to deal with this weekend was confused patrons who weren’t sure what movie they wanted to see. “Okay, so you say you’re looking for the movie about the iconic character acting manic in a bit too much makeup…do you want a ticket for Joker or Judy?”