Joker is set to break records in its opening weekend. The film will earn $93.5 million in its opening weekend at the box office.
According to The Wrap, Joker earned $39.9 million domestically on Friday (including $13.3 million from the aforementioned preview showings), setting a new October opening day record. The film is now poised for an opening weekend total of as much as $93.5 million, which would be a new all-time best for director Todd Phillips. That’s more than enough to surpass the October opening weekend record set by Venom last year when it debuted to $80 million.
This is great news for Warner Bros., as the studio was having a rather up-and-down year at the box office. IT Chapter Two was a hit back in September, but some of WB’s other high-profile offerings like The LEGO Movie 2 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters didn’t make much of an impact. Joker arrived at the perfect time and gave WB the commercial draw they needed. What’s more is that since Joker was relatively cheap to make (especially when compared to other comic book adaptations), it’ll turn a profit in no time at all.
Joker is a grounded, R-rated origin story for Batman’s archnemesis, the Joker. Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, who descends into madness and emerges as the clown-faced killer known as the Joker.
Joker is directed by Todd Phillips. He co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Scott Silver. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron.