The Clowned Prince of Crime laughs Last on this one as Joker’s weekend opening becomes Warner Bros.’ biggest since Wonder Woman. Continue Reading…
Joker debut in theaters on Friday and the film is proving to be a big win for Warner Bros. The film beats Venom’s October opening day record by earning over $39.8 million on Friday. It also had the biggest October opening weekend ever, earning $93.5 million compared to Venom’s $80. More than that, Joker is Warner Bros.’ biggest opening weekend in more than two years, since Wonder Woman opened in March 2017 with $103 million. Joker’s amazing success comes with the restrictions that come from an R rating, and amid controversy and security concerns surrounding the film.
Joker is a grounded, R-rated origin story for Batman’s archnemesis. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, who descends into madness and emerges as the Joker. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.
Words from Phoenix
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said during an interview. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real-life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”
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