'Joker' sets records with near £200 million opening weekend

Joker has been both praised and criticized for its dark spin on the classic Batman villain played by Joaquin Phoenix

Joker has been both praised and criticized for its dark spin on the classic Batman villain played by Joaquin Phoenix

It's a new take on a very old villain, one which clearly isn't clowning around at the worldwide box office, given its overall cume now sits at $236 million.

Amassing praises from both critics and the audience alike, Joaquin Phoenix starrer ' Joker' is continuing its excellent run at the box office. It is a potential franchise with what appears to be some serious staying power.

In the United Kingdom alone, it made £12.6 million, making it the fifth highest opening of the year so far.

Before the film was released, nerves were high among some that the film could become a target for violence.

Joaquin Phoenix poses with fans at a showing of Joker at Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles. Honestly, I don't think so. "I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there's something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting". On its opening day in the global market, Joker was flocked to by the audience and hence managed to mint stellar collections. The numbers dwarf the other top draws of the weekend, such as Universal's animated movie "Abominable", which was second with $12 million.

Of the top 40 movies in domestic theaters this weekend, "Joker" accounted for 64 percent of the box office. Phoenix's intimations seem to point to an openness to pursue this storyline further. Before Joker opened, studio Warner Bros, released a statement stating that the film did not endorse violence and the Joker was not meant to be a hero. There have been growing concerns that the movie is too "violent", glorifies revenge killing and might encourage gun violence.

These updated figures actually place the Todd Phillips movie slightly higher than Justice League ($93 million), where it's now officially the highest DC Movie debut since Wonder Woman.

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