Since its release in October, the Clown Prince of Crime has been a fixture in headlines across the globe. From mass shooting concerns, polarising opinions and record after record, one thing’s for sure: people are talking about Joker.
The film’s global box office take was sitting at $999.1 million yesterday, November 15. Exhibitor Relations Co. then confirmed on Twitter that it had reached the massive milestone (the exact figure has still to be released).
Ryan Reynolds – who stars as the sweary, spandex-wearing hero – even took a moment to congratulate the Clown Prince of Crime on Instagram, in true R-rated fashion.
Joker joins Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.34bn), Aquaman ($1.148bn), The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ($1.12bn), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08bn), The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey ($1.01bn), and The Dark Knight ($1bn).
What’s particularly impressive is that Joker has yet to be released in China, still managing to bag a seismic box office without one of the key markets.
The film has been critically-acclaimed, swooping the Golden Lion (a highly prestigious award, generally a precursor to a Best Picture Oscar nomination), at the Venice Film Festival.
Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular villain, is a hot favourite as predictions for next year’s Oscars start to roll in – as it stands, Phoenix and Adam Driver (for Marriage Story) are the front-runners for Best Leading Actor.
It’s currently sitting at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critics’ consensus calling it ‘a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star’.