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Joaquin Phoenix's twist on the Batman villain marks the seventh movie this year (and the first is not from Disney or Marvel) to join the elusive billionaire club. Among Warner Bros. films, only the fourth reaches the milestone after "Aquaman" and other Batman films "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises."
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Given its "Joker" has become one of the most profitable films of all time at $ 62.5 million. The "Joker" set many records since its debut on October 4, including the largest domestic opening weekend for the month of October ($ 96 million). During the weeks leading up to its release, "Joker" raised security concerns over its depiction of a mass murderer. It also drew outrage from families and friends of survivors from Aurora, Colo., Filmmaking during "The Dark Knight Rises." But the growing worries did not affect ticket sales, and "Joker" maintained a major draw in theaters among moviegoers worldwide.
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Outside of North America, where "Joker" crossed $ 300 million, the film has seen significant box office success in the UK ($ 68 million), Mexico ($ 43 million), South Korea ($ 38 million), Brazil ($ 34 million) ) and France ($ 38 million).
"Joker" is a crucial win for Warner Bros. despite having to share profits with co-financiers Bron Creative and Village Roadshow. Although "It: Chapter Two" became a financial hit, the studio had some major fires this year with "The Goldfinch", "The Kitchen", "Blinded by the Light" and "Motherless Brooklyn."
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The critics are still divided about "Joker", who won the top prize at this year's Venice Film Festival and could find himself in the awards ceremony in February. Todd Phillips ("The Hangover" trilogy) directed "Joker," a dark look at a future stand-up comedian in Gotham City who goes crazy as his career and life start to spiral out of control. The cast also includes Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz.
This story originally appeared in Variety.