Joker has made history this weekend with the biggest October domestic release of all time for the US. The origin story of Arthur Fleck and The Joker has pulled in $93.5million in its first weekend, creating history in doing so. With that, it has pulled one over on comic book rivals Marvel. The DC origins story knocked the Venom movie record of $80.25 million from its podium.
It is the fourth-largest box office opening for an R-rated movie, Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and It all made $100 million in their opening weekend, meaning Joker missed out slightly.
Todd Philips directed the origin movie which focused on Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and his slow descent into the crazed character we all know and loath today, The Joker. Phoenix plays the failed comedian, who, through being beaten and broken by society, descends into madness and mass violence.
Philips recently hinted at a possible sequel when saying: “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with [Phoenix], any day of the week,” he explained to Total Film. “There’s nobody like him.”
Far Out writer Monica Reid writes: “The story itself is so dark, so morbid, so intensely tragic, and the character so damaged and twisted, that the points of contact with the original comic book villain, and the references to the comic book universe, are not so much familiar as jarring.”
Last month the U.S Army confirmed they distributed a warning to cinemas showing the film after they and the FBI found social media posts that related to Incel extremists.