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Joker breaks record for largest domestic October opening and came very close to topping the Justice League's opening weekend.



This weekend saw the Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptation Joker deliver the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.


With an estimated $93.5 million, Warner Bros.'s Joker delivered the largest October domestic opening ever, topping the $80.25 million opening for Venom just last year, not to mention coming very close to the $93.8 million opening for Justice League in 2017, which it could very easily top once actuals come in on Monday.


The Joker's performance is also the fourth largest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film and comes up just shy of becoming only the fourth R-rated film to ever open with $100+ million. Heading into the weekend the film had already broken a record, becoming the widest October opening ever, playing in 4,374 locations and on Thursday night it delivered an October record for preview grosses, bringing in $13.3 million. Now attention will turn to how well it will be able to holdover next week.


Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScore with the under-35 set giving it an "A-". To go along with a solid critical opinion — 69% on RottenTomatoes — the film holds a 91% audience score on RottenTomatoes to go along with an impressive 9.1/10 from IMDb users. The opening weekend crowd skewed heavily male at 64% while 66% of the audience was under the age of 35.


This Week/Last Week/Movie Title/Studio/Weekend Gross/Theater Count/Per Theater Average/Total Box Office/Week #


1    N    Joker (2019)    WB    $93,500,000    -    4,374    -    $21,376    $93,500,000    -    1
2    1    Abominable    Uni.    $12,000,000    -41.8%    4,248    +6    $2,825    $37,833,115    $75    2
3    2    Downton Abbey    Focus    $8,000,000    -44.2%    3,548    +158    $2,255    $73,626,935    -    3
4    3    Hustlers    STX    $6,300,000    -44.7%    3,030    -478    $2,079    $91,321,880    $20    4
5    4    It: Chapter Two    WB (NL)    $5,355,000    -47.7%    3,163    -448    $1,693    $202,205,157    -    5
6    5    Ad Astra    Fox    $4,557,000    -54.5%    2,910    -550    $1,566    $43,662,768    -    3
7    7    Judy    RAtt.    $4,445,635    +52.4%    1,458    +997    $3,049    $8,904,078    -    2
8    6    Rambo: Last Blood    LGF    $3,550,000    -58.7%    2,900    -718    $1,224    $39,823,895    $50    3
9    N    War (2019)    Yash    $1,581,000    -    305    -    $5,184    $2,088,290    -    1
10    8    Good Boys    Uni.    $900,000    -56.5%    1,006    -497    $895    $82,042,620    $20    8

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15 minutes ago, Keyser_Soze said:

I like how they keep saying despite the "controversy" but it's a controversy the news started.


Well, some Aurora victims wrote to Warner Bros, so they were covering what happened.


But I think the big point is that the controversy probably/definitely helped push interest.

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I noticed that my local AMC had an armed private security guy hanging around (presumably all weekend, there was one on Thursday and Sunday). So AMC took the threat seriously enough to spend that money.


I'm not shocked by how well Joker did. I think there's a lot of residual goodwill for TDK that pushed it along. A awards worthy Joker performance in a "serious" comic book movie? Yeah, I can see how it made money. I wouldn't have guessed it would pull in quite so much, but it's clearly one of those movies that was able to break out into a larger cultural conversation before it even opened. Kinda crazy that it was only a few 100k away from the opening for Justice League.

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