Why ‘Joker’ Has Outperformed All Other R-Rated Films at the Box Office

“We were able to show audiences everywhere that this isn’t a comic book movie for the whole family but does provide something different and interesting,” Andrew Cripps, President of International Distribution for Warner Bros., told TheWrap

Every weekend, “Joker” has continued to defy box office expectations. With $851 million grossed worldwide through four weekends, Todd Phillips’ Golden Lion-winning comic book movie is now the highest grossing R-Rated movie ever released, and it has a good shot at hitting $1 billion despite being anything but family friendly.

What’s interesting about the barnstorming October this DC movie has had at the box office is how both its long-enduring run and its evolving audience are extremely similar in both the U.S. and internationally. Domestically, “Joker” opened to a strong but not record-breaking $96 million and since then has not had a weekend-to-weekend drop above 50% as it has earned a running count of $277 million and could get close to the $327 million total of fellow R-Rated WB release “It.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com