“Joker,” Todd Phillips’ extremely dark and twisted origin story of DC Comics villain The Joker, brought in an estimated $93.5 million over the weekend, which is the biggest opening ever for the month of October.
The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary comic book character, played on 4,374 screens, the most ever for an October release.
The result is a record-breaking weekend for the film that has already made back the movie’s north of $60 million production budget for Warner Bros.
The record came despite heightened police activity at movie theaters due to fears surrounding potential violence at the screenings and a Rotten Tomatoes score that plummeted following buzz from the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
It’s a huge win for Warner Bros., which has been on a roller coaster ride this year in regards to how its movies have performed.
There have been highs like “It: Chapter Two,” “Shazam!,” and “The Curse of La Llorona,” but also lows like “The Kitchen,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” and “The Goldfinch.”
By Damilola Faustino
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