The new Terminator might have dethroned Joker to take the top spot at the United States box office this week, but the Joaquin Phoenix starrer has become one of the most profitable comic book-based movie in the history after smashing several records.
Of course, this news somewhat depends on how you define "profitable.' For instance, the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time is Avengers: Endgame".
As per a Forbes article, the film has grossed $304.2 million in North America after five weeks of its release, bringing up the global total to $953 million.
Forbes also points out that Joker is now on track to cross the billion-dollar mark within the next two weeks. The only two movies in the last 5 years to gross over a billion dollars, that wasn't released by Disney, are Warner Bros.' Aquaman ($1.148 billion worldwide with $298 million in China) and Sony's Spider-Man: Far from Home ($1.131 billion with $199 million in China).
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).
"Todd Phillips" film "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role of the Joker takes us through the origin story of the villainous character of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Executives at Warner Brothers weren't convinced that the film would do well, so they gave Phillips what they believed to a be a very small budget of $55 million, expecting the writer/director to tell them he needed more money to get the film made.
While Joker does feature maybe the most famous DC Comics bad guy of all time, it's also a grim, bleak character study.
Once more, this is if you search at Joker's comparatively modest spending plan.