This has been a big year for movie studios and audiences worldwide, especially if you’re a fan of superheroes or villains. Ticket sales from the hit film, ’Joker,’ has set a new worldwide box office record just over a month after its release date. The total sales surpassed $1 billion last week, making this the first rated R film in history to boast such an accomplishment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The film set a previous record with its first weekend sales reaching $93.5 million. ’Joker’ has now surpassed ’The Matrix Reloaded,’ which grossed $828 million and ’Deadpool 2,’ which held the record at $785 million. The movie’s success is even drawing in attention for Oscar nominations as critics and audiences continue to rave about Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as The Joker.
In spite of all the controversy surrounding the film and a modest production budget between $50-$70 million, even the return on investment is an unprecedented win for Warner Bros. and director, Todd Phillips. The success of the film proves that audiences will respond positively to innovation, creativity, and pushing boundaries within the comic book genre.