Joker has just crossed a major milestone, as the DC Comics adaptation has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
It wasn’t all that long ago, relatively speaking when it comes to the overall history of cinema, that it was extremely rare for a movie to hit that landmark number.
These days, it happens far more frequently, especially in the realm of superhero movies. But Joker isn’t just any comic book movie and the fact that this particular movie was able to make it to ten figures is genuinely astounding.
According to a new report, with the box office that Joker has already pulled in heading into the weekend, the latest from DC Films has crossed the billion-dollar milestone.
The split is about 32 per cent domestically, with around $318 million, to 68 per cent international, accounting for the remaining $682 million.
This also makes for the second DC release to cross that milestone this year, with Aquaman becoming the highest-grossing DC movie ever earlier in 2019 with $1.14 billion, after being released in December 2018.
The only other non-Disney movie to pass the milestone this year is Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which earned $1.1 billion.
Though, that movie was co-produced by the Disney-owned Marvel Studios and takes place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it had quite a bit of help.
Joker had no help, at least not in the sense of being connected to a larger universe. It’s not connected to any pre-existing universe and serves as a standalone origin story for the famed villain.
Though it does feature a young Bruce Wayne, before he becomes Batman, and we get to see his origin once again, as the Waynes meet their fate in traditional DC lore. Joker does have Joaquin Phoenix playing the lead role, and his performance has been highly praised.
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