How Much Did Joker Make? Joker Gets the Last Laugh

/ 10:00 AM October 08, 2019

Warner Bros.’ “Joker” has survived the intense controversy over its violent themes, and for those wondering How Much Did Joker Make? it is a record-breaking  $93.5 million in North American theaters this weekend, setting a record for an October release, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” provides the backstory for the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis, painting a dark and disturbing portrayal of a would-be stand-up comedian’s descent into madness.

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Amid fears that it might inspire violence — shooting at a 2012 screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado claimed 12 lives -some theaters provided extra security for the opening of “Joker.”

The film, directed by Todd Phillips (maker of “The Hangover” trilogy), has drawn tepid reviews; the Washington Post called it “grim, shallow (and) distractingly derivative.”

But Hollywood Reporter said the R-rated film got a B+ CinemaScore rating and earned 69 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Universal ‘s family-friendly “Abominable” placed a distant second at the box office, earning $12 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period in its second weekend.

It tells the story of a teen and her friends trying to help a young Yeti reunite with its family as a wealthy man seeks to capture it as a prize.

In third, at $8 million, was Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey,” the cinematic follow-up to the hit TV series about an upper-class family and their stately home in a changing Britain.’

The movie has the Crawleys and their earnest staff scrambling to prepare for an unexpected visit by the British royals.

“Hustlers” from STX Films placed fourth, at $6.3 million.

The Jennifer Lopez movie is based on a true story about strippers who plot to steal from their wealthy clients in recession-hit New York.

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And in fifth was horror film “IT: Chapter Two,” at $5.4 million.

The Warner Bros. movie features the grown-up versions of the kids who battled the terrifying clown Pennywise 27 years earlier as they are forced to do it again.

Rounding out the weekends top 10 were:

“Ad Astra” ($4.6 million)

“Judy” ($4.4 million)

“Rambo: Last Blood” ($3.6 million)

“War” ($1.6 million)

“Good Boys” ($900,000)

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