'Joker' laughs its way to October box office record

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It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Joker, a troubled man who turns into a killer. Even better, it's compiled by former Batman writer Steve Engelhard.

One of the most ambitious DC films in existence has to be the standalone movie on one of the most iconic villains of all time, Joker.

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When Joker was once first announced in 2017, it was once reported that Warner Bros. was once brooding a few brand novel division of DC Films devoted to filmmaker-pushed and experimental motion photos steeped in its comic book fabric yet disconnected from the shared DC cinematic universe.

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Joker, which is Warner Bros' biggest debut in two years, has sparked headlines since its release last week. The controversial movie debuted with a massive $93.5 million haul and set a record for the biggest October opening in box office history.

No matter where you fall on Joker, there's no question that lots of people bought a ticket to see it for opening weekend. The film beat "Venom", the previous record-holder, which had an $80.2M opening weekend in 2018. The gritty and grounded crime film directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is set in 1980s Gotham City follows Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed 1980s comedian that becomes The Joker after he bombs with audiences. "All the talk around the film made it a must see event".

Controversy about gun violence associated with the film reached such a fever pitch that director Todd Phillips lashed out at "far left" groups who were stirring controversy about the film, and Warner Brothers was eventually forced to restrict press access at the premiere event to photographers only. Village Roadshow and Bron Studios co-produced and co-financed the film, which reportedly cost US$55 million before taking global marketing and distribution fees into account. The film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and 64% of the audience was male. The film then went on to finest the Friday October file plot by Halloween ($33.1 million) and Venom ($32.5 million) with a rollicking $40 million.

While some anxious this would impact the box office, it did not ultimately detract audiences from turning out opening weekend; the box office surpassed industry expectations and may rise even higher when weekend actuals are reported Monday.

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