Joker Laughs Past $500 Million Worldwide


Reports of Joker having a successful second weekend at the box office have proven correct, and then some.

As the weekend comes to a close, Deadline has offered an update on the contentious DC character study's takings at the box office after 10 days in release. Joker pulled in $55 million domestically this weekend, officially breaking the record for highest second weekend box office take in the month of October. The record was previously held by 2013's Gravity -- also a Warner Bros. release -- at $43.1 million

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In total, Joker currently sits at over $192 million domestically. Meanwhile, it has earned $351.2 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to about $543.9 million (per Box Office Mojo). In other words, the film has crossed the halfway point to the coveted $1 billion mark.

What's more, Joker is now the single highest-grossing film of all time for its star, Joaquin Phoenix. Prior to the DC film's release, Phoenix's most successful film was 2000's Gladiator, which had a lifetime box office take of $460.5 million.

As far as the worldwide box office is concerned, the Clown Prince of Crime's first solo movie is also now the highest-grossing film for Phoenix's co-star Robert De Niro, passing the $516.6 million worldwide lifetime gross of 2004's Meet the Fockers (though Joker has still yet to surpass the Meet the Parents sequel domestically). Finally, Joker is currently the second most-successful film from director Todd Phillips, coming up just behind 2011's The Hangover Part II, which currently sits at $586.7 million worldwide.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film is in theaters now.

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