Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Laughs its Way Through the Global Box Office as it Inches Towards the $1 Billion Club
Joker currently stands at $999.1 million. It will be the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, behind Aquaman ($1.15 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion).
Joaquin Phoenix knocked it out of the park with his super hit stint in Joker. Delivering a performance to perfection, it comes as no surprise that the film is on its way to enter the billion dollar club at the global box office. Currently standing at $999.1 million, the superhero film is expected to rake in excessive profits of $600 million for Warner Bros. and partners Village Roadshow and Bron. The two partners each have a 25% stake in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film’s impressive run has surpassed all previous box office predictions. It has grossed nearly $340 million in the US alone, while earning a whopping $820 million overseas.
Joker will be the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, behind Aquaman ($1.15 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion). And overall, it is becoming the 13th live-action comic book pic to collect $1 billion or more, even though it isn't being touted as a traditional superhero film.
The Pheonix-starrer had already taken over Deadpool ($783 million) to become the top-grossing R-rated flick of all time. Deadpool 2's earnings were roughly $738 million before a PG-13 cut of the 2018 film brought the movie's total grosses to $785 million. Joker will become the sixth Warners film to lay claim to the billion-dollar milestone. In addition to Aquaman and the two Dark Knight films, the other titles are the final Harry Potter movie ($1.34 billion) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($1.02 billion). In terms of other DC titles in the post-Christopher Nolan era, Man of Steel topped out at $668 million globally, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million), Suicide Squad ($746.8 million), Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) and Justice League ($657.9 million). Need we say, well-deserved Joker!