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Joker laughs its way to $234 million worldwide on opening weekend

The Warner Bro's picture garnered one of the highest October box office opening weekends. Joker also blows away the Mondays of R-rated Logan ($7.2M) and DC's PG-13 pic Justice League ($7.5M). It is a potential franchise with what appears to be some serious staying power.

The eminently controversial clown movie (what a thing to say) Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, has made its theatrical debut in a month not known for big openings or high budget extravaganzas.

Speaking to veteran Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers on his Popcorn podcast, he said: "You know, I wouldn't have thought about this as my dream role". Honestly, I don't think so.

Todd Phillips' Joker has been the a popular topic of conversation as of late. Variety places Joker's global take as $140.5 million.

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Fair enough. In the meantime, you can catch Joker in theaters now.

Talk that the movie's ending sets it up well for a franchise is certainly met with what seems to be a voracious appetite for the storyline, at least based on the opening weekend. ($53 million) - fall far short of Joker's historic opening, which is pretty damn impressive when you consider that the dark, twisted flick is based on an original story without any sequel credentials...even if Joaquin Phoenix is already hinting at the possibility of a second coming.

Some Los Angeles filmgoers who attended Saturday-night screenings of "Joker" received a huge surprise when the film's star, Joaquin Phoenix, turned up unexpectedly. There have been growing concerns that the movie is too "violent", glorifies revenge killing and might encourage gun violence. Joker beats Venom's Monday record from past year of $9.63M. This scene is very similar to the moment in The Dark Knight where Ledger's Joker makes his escape from the police station in a police vehicle and pushes his head out of the window in ecstasy at having made his escape while leaving the station in ashes behind him.



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