Joker movie box office collection opening weekend numbers reaction for the WB, DC Comics, Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix film.
Did the Joker movie controversy and bad reviews hurt the opening weekend box office numbers for the Todd Phillips Joaquin Phoenix film? The Joker movie delivered the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature.
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The Joker film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million box office collection. With an estimated $93.5 million, Warner Bros.’s Joker movie delivered the largest October domestic opening ever, topping the $80.25 million Venom box office opening just last year, not to mention coming very close to the $93.8 million Justice League box office opening in 2017, which it could very easily top once official box office numbers come in on Monday according to Box Office Mojo.
The Joker box office performance is also the fourth largest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film and comes up just shy of becoming only the fourth R-rated film to ever open with $100+ million. Heading into the weekend the film had already broken a record, becoming the widest October opening ever, playing in 4,374 locations and on Thursday night it delivered an October record for preview grosses, bringing in $13.3 million. Now attention will turn to how well it will be able to holdover next week.
Opening day audiences reaction to the Todd Phillips Joker film a “B+” CinemaScore with the under-35 set giving it an “A-“. To go along with a solid critical opinion — 69% on RottenTomatoes — the film holds a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes to go along with an impressive 9.1/10 from IMDb users. The opening weekend crowd skewed heavily male at 64% while 66% of the audience was under the age of 35.
Internationally, the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie debuted in 73 markets and brought in an estimated $140.5 million for a $234 million global box office collection. Leading the way was a $16.3 million opening in South Korea followed by the UK ($14.8m), Mexico ($13.1m), Russia ($10m), Brazil ($7.3m), Japan ($7.0m), Italy ($6.8m), Australia ($6.6m), Indonesia ($5.9m), Spain ($4.6m), India ($3.9m), Taiwan ($2.9m) and the United Arab Emirates ($2.7m). Of those openings, the debuts in UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia marked the largest overseas openings for a WB title this year. Looking ahead, the film will open in France and Germany later this week.
News source Box Office Mojo