Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker started winning laurels even before its worldwide release and it still is selling like hot pancakes on the box office. The movie, which revolves around the origin story of the Batman’s arch-enemy Joker, is a critically acclaimed masterpiece. Phoenix stars in the movie as the stand-up comedian who suffers at the hands of the society but eventually breaks the shackles and becomes a ruthless killer in the end. And the story has touched the hearts of many which can has become pretty evident from the profit the movie has made and promises to make in the upcoming days.
However, at the moment, the movie has already become the most profitable comic book movie ever after grossing a profit of $957 million till November 8 midnight, according to Forbes. The movie earned $304.2 million in North America after 5 weeks in theaters, which helped it near the billion dollar mark. Joker’s has a production cost of $62.5 million, which means that the profit it has earned is nearly 15.3 per cent of its original cost. This makes the movie more profitable in terms of budget-versus-global gross than the Jim Carrey starrer The Mask ($351 million on a $23 million budget in 1994).
The most profitable “big” comic book movies are Venom ($854 million on a $90 million budget), Batman ($411 million/$35 million), Deadpool ($783 million/$58 million), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($200 million/$13.5 million), The Mask ($351 million/$23 million) and now Joker ($956 million/$62.5 million), and Joker now trumps them all by a big margin. Meanwhile, if somehow the movie crosses the billion-dollar mark, it will become the cheapest movie to do so. Right now, it is the third cheapest $900 million grosser of all time after Bohemian Rhapsody ($905 million on a $52 million budget) and The Lion King ($968 million on a $55 million budget in 1994).