In moving It, Joker will only have three more films to fall for that coveted No. 1 position. The Matrix Reloaded, which pulled in $742 million in ticket selling in 2003. Ryan Reynolds takes the first and second places on the list, as Deadpool drew $783 million in 2016 while its sequel Deadpool 2 pulled in $785 million just last year. Of course, it’s worth noting Deadpool 2 had initially been drawn $735 million at the global box office before its PG-13 re-release Once Upon a Deadpool brought that number up by another $50 million. As many of these sales are due to repeat viewing from fans all across the world, it would seem people can’t get enough of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Maybe the debate that had surrounded Joker before its release only helped with the film’s marketing. Before the film hit cinemas, many Americans had called for a boycott, with many pleading for Warner Bros. to refrain from releasing it. The concern was that a film that humanizes an evil role would inspire a rash of copycat killings, prompting mass shootings from psychologically ill Americans who admire the Joker. Security had been increased at cinemas showing the film, and even the U.S. military warned its troops about possible shots at Joker screenings. Fortunately, these worries seem to have been exacerbated, as there were no violent conflicts reported at any theater of the movie.
Joker is managed by Todd Phillips, using a screenplay co-written with Scott Silver. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a psychologically ill man with big goals of making it as a successful entertainer, only to instead become Gotham City’s most fearsome gangster. Also starring along with Phoenix are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen. As a standalone novel, the movie will have no connection whatsoever to the D.C. Extended Universe or the upcoming superhero film The Batman with Robert Pattinson in the titular character.
For the first two weeks in cinemas, Joker had dominated cinemas as the No. 1 film in United States America. Courtesy of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Joker has missed its spot at the top of the list, though its continued success has still fixed it above the debut of the horror movie sequel Zombieland: Double Tap. If you have not ready so already, you can catch Joker in cinemas everywhere. This report comes to us from Forbes.
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