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Joker Set To Pass The $1 Billion Dollar Mark At Box Office

Joker Set To Pass The $1 Billion Dollar Mark At Box Office

Joker is poised to pass $1 billion (£775m) worldwide today - making it the first R-rated movie to do so.

The critically acclaimed flick has already pulled in a whopping $998 million (£773.5m) worldwide following its release almost seven weeks ago, Forbes reports.

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Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

Its popularity is seemingly refusing to die off as fans are still heading to cinemas to check it out.

In total, more than 40 films have hit the one-billion-dollar mark and, unless something drastic happens, Joker will be joining them pretty soon.

Other movies in the coveted 'one billion club' include Aquaman, which took in $1.048 billion and Spider-Man: Far from Home, which earned $1.031 billion at the Box Office.

However, what makes Jokers' success that little bit more impressive is the fact that its managed to hit the billion-dollar point without any help from the Chinese market - as the movie wasn't released over there.

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If Joker nudges its way past $1.005 billion, which The Dark Knight took upon its release, it will become the highest grossing movie not shown in China.

And, if you look at it in terms of profitability, it becomes even more staggering - because Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal as Arthur Fleck tops the list.

Yup, despite there being a number of titles that have made more at the Box Office, they also started out with much higher budgets.

Meanwhile, Joker had a budget of $62.5 million and has already returned that more than 15 times. So, if we look at it in terms of budget versus profit it's the most successful comic book film of all time. Impressive, eh?

Following the success of the first movie, it should come as no surprise at all that director Todd Phillips has announced that he'd be down for doing a sequel.

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

But how that sequel might look is still a bit of mystery; in an interview with LA Times,, Phillips said: "It couldn't just be this wild and crazy movie about the Clown Prince of Crime.

"It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that Joker does. Because I think that's ultimately why the movie connected, it's what's going on underneath.

"So many movies are about the spark and this is about the powder. If you could capture that again in a real way, that would be interesting."

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: TV and Film

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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