Todd Phillips’ controversial “Joker” laughed all the way to the bank it robbed, the R-rated supervillain origin feature starring Joaquin Phoenix pulled in a massive $93.5 million domestically – a new opening record for the month of October.
The film did even more business overseas, nabbing $140.5 million from more than 70 markets for a global haul of $234 million after one weekend (and that’s without China which doesn’t yet have a release date.
Both figures set a new record for the month of October, beating the $80.3 million domestic opening of “Venom” last year, along with having one of the best three-day openings of all time for an R-rated title, as well as the fifth biggest weekend launch of 2019 to date. It’s also Warners’ highest opening in two years.
Audiences gave the film a soft B+ CinemaScore, while its Rotten Tomatoes rating is at 69%. Elsewhere the family animated pic “Abominable” came second with $12 million while “Downton Abbey” was third with $8 million and “Hustlers” was fourth with $6.3 million. Judy Garland biopic “Judy” expanded to 1,458 screens and came in sixth with $4.4 million.
In limited release “Lucy in the Sky” bombed with both critics and audiences with a per-screen average of just $1,500. Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” snagged a stellar average of $40,022 along with superb reviews.