The Film ‘Joker’ had a fantastic start at the box office. But how many records has it broken in its run? Let take a look at the records that the ‘Joker’ have broken.
Joker broken the record ‘October Opening Day Record’
The film solidified its chances to do so by storming out of the gates with $39.7 million in its first day. That topped the previous mark set by Halloween last year ($33 million domestically). That mean: Joker have broken the all-time October opening weekend record.
Joker broken the record ‘October domestic opening weekend record’
The original estimates had it making as much as $77 million domestically in its first three days, which would have been higher than Aquaman. But once word-of-mouth started to spread and Joker emerged as the year’s most polarizing awards contender, the projections substantially increased. In its first weekend, Joker made $93.5 million only in the U.S., topping the previous mark held by Venom with $80.2 million.
Joker broken the record ‘October global opening weekend record’
The film Joker set all-time October records in 21 different countries, including Spain, Mexico, and Australia. The movie posted $152.2 million in foreign territories, meaning its worldwide total stands at $245.7 million. The film Venom, unsurprisingly, was the previous record holder here with $207.3 million. If Sony does indeed slate Venom 2 for their claimed October 2020 release date, they’ll be trying to get some of these records back.
Joker broken the record ‘October imax opening record’
The Film Joker earned $9 million from IMAX screenings in its opening weekend. Many reviews praised Joker’s production design and cinematography, so viewers were eager to see the film’s strong visuals on the biggest screen possible.
Director Todd Phillips opening weekend record with ‘Joker’
Director Todd Phillips has some substantial commercial hits under his belt, but Joker got off to the strongest beginning. That aforementioned $93.5 million debut beats The Hangover Part II’s $85.9 million.
Joker being based on a well-known comic book villain helped here, though word-of-mouth likely had more to do with it. The Hangover Part II was panned as a lazy comedy sequel, which likely hurt its commercial prospects a bit back in 2011.
Joker – Joaquin Phoenix opening weekend record
Joaquin Phoenix is picky about the film that he acts. He turned down the opportunity to play Doctor Strange in the MCU partially because he was reluctant to sign a multi-picture contract. So, while a number of his films are critically acclaimed, they tend to be more niche and auteur-driven and don’t make much at the box office. Joker is definitely the exception, far eclipsing the $60.1 million posted by Signs back in 2002 (unadjusted for inflation). Despite its arthouse approach, Joker is one of the most commercial films of his career, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.