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Joker; Unexpected Success

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Joker movie box office has topped $1 billion, thanks to James Bond’s No Time To Die.
Going low budget, R-rated and stripped back has paid off for Warner Bros’ handling of DC’s most famous villain. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker cost just $62.5 million to make and has now topped $1 billion, fast approaching on Heath Ledger’s The Dark Knight.

It was an incredible achievement for Warner Bros considering Justice League’s flop and risk of taking Joker in this direction.

But now Forbes argues the $1 billion box office was helped by James Bond’s No Time To Die and Wonder Woman 1984.

HOW?

Well, both giant blockbusters were supposed to release this autumn but have been pushed back, leaving Joker to reign supreme over both October and November as “the big movie” of the fall.

Additionally, Sonic the Hedgehog was set for a November release but was delayed after fan criticisms led to a complete overhaul of the video game character’s look.

Without the competition, Joker has been able to lap up the box office since early October, before “the big movies” Frozen II, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker storms cinemas this December.

It’ll be interesting to see where Joker ends up compared to other $1 billion DC movies.

To date, the comic book movie is the fourth to cross the landmark, just behind The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Aquaman.

Arguably, the latter, which ended its run on $1.148 billion, had a good run due to a lack of competition at the end of last year.

After all, 2018 was the first Christmas since 2014 when there was no Star Wars movie.

Joker, which is expected to get some Oscars attention in the new year, could very well get a sequel following the film’s box office success.

Director Todd Phillips has teased what a follow-up could mean for the character.
He said: “It couldn’t just be this wild and crazy movie about the Clown Prince of Crime.”

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