According to a report from The Wrap, Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow’s Joker recently broke records by being the highest-earning R-rated film, even beating Deadpool 2. Joker, thus far, earned $800,000,000 all over the world, making it one of the most successful films of the year, especially when taking into consideration the fact it only cost around $70,000,000 to make.
Furthermore, The Wrap claims the film might actually have yet another number 1-week on the domestic weekend charts. Currently, Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, are expected to earn $19 million this weekend, however, Joker is up on the Anjelina Jolie-starring flick by approximately $600,000.
Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by the filmmaker of The Hangover franchise, Todd Phillips, will likely have a $277 million when counting just weekends across one month. However, Maleficent, on the other hand, has a 10-day total of $65 million.
As it was previously reported, Joker stirred controversy this year on account of its subject matter and themes. Previously, several United States government departments issued warnings regarding the film, including the United States Army, who suggested the movie may inspire mass shootings.
Moreover, the FBI and the DHS claimed they would be monitoring social media posts related to the Joker. The movie stirred controversy in the media for its exploration of the social pariah, Arthur Fleck, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, as he stumbles through the world while being continuously victimized by nearly everyone he comes into contact with.
Joaquin Phoenix has received considerable praise for his portrayal of the Joker in the movie depicting his origin story. However, the way in which the movie appears to empathize with Joaquin’s character, Arthur Fleck, was a cause of concern for some.
In past interviews, both Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix addressed these allegations. In response to the idea that he was glorifying violent social pariahs, Joaquin stated it was important for people to empathize with others, including those who do terrible things.
Todd Phillips, on the other hand, claimed the movie was based on a fictional character in a fictional universe. Moreover, Todd insinuated that the fact its purported message connects with people says more about society than anything else.