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Joker smashes October record with $129 million debut, Entertainment News & Top Stories

Joker smashes October record with $129 million debut, Entertainment News & Top Stories”

Village Roadshow and Bron Studios co-produced and co-financed the film, which reportedly cost US$55 million before taking global marketing and distribution fees into account. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the R-rated origin story for the titular supervillain earned an impressive $93.5 million at the domestic box office this weekend, placing it more than $13 million ahead of last year's record-setting Venom to become the highest-opening October release of all time.

We can debate the creative and qualitative merits of Warner Bros.' controversial comic book adaptation Joker while exploring the social responsibility cinema holds to the public.

Early box office projections released last month showed Joker potentially performing in the $90 million range, which would have been enough to easily place it ahead of Venom's $80.3 million, but the film seems to have outperformed even those high expectations.

In addition to the domestic box office, the film adds $140.5 million from 73 worldwide markets.

While some anxious this would impact the box office, it did not ultimately detract audiences from turning out opening weekend; the box office surpassed industry expectations and may rise even higher when weekend actuals are reported Monday.

Warner Bros' R-rated Joker, which laughed its way to a new record at the USA box office, scored $93.5 million over the weekend and emerged as the biggest October launch of all time.

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Will word of mouth power the film to a second successful weekend?

"Sixty-six percent of the audience was under the age of 35", Goldstein said. The younger audience also gave the film a more favorable A- CinemaScore.

He added that it was important that "Joker" was always marketed as a "very dark, R-rated film". "If it were a G-rated film, controversy like this would not be a good thing". Have you watched Joker?

The more family friendly Abominable landed in second with $12 million, way below the blockbuster.

In the United Kingdom alone, it made £12.6 million, making it the fifth highest opening of the year so far.

And in limited release, Pedro Almodovar's semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory arrives in four theaters with an estimated $160,087, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $40,022.



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