Joker becomes first R-rated movie to gross $1 billion worldwide
Joker has danced its way to a worldwide box office record.
Warner Bros. has confirmed that the Todd Phillips-directed blockbuster — starring Joaquin Phoenix in a tale about the violent rise of the titular Batman franchise villain — will cross the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales through Friday, making it the first R-rated film in history to do so (unadjusted for inflation).
The film accomplished the feat just over one month after its Oct. 4 theatrical bow, with a worldwide total currently standing at $999.1 million (which is expected to push past $1 billion shortly). It is also the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made (also unadjusted for inflation).
Joker previously broke the record for the biggest October opening weekend in movie history when it bagged $93.5 million across its first three days in wide release.
Trailing Joker on the all-time R-rated chart is The Matrix Reloaded, which made $828 million around the world in 2003, with Deadpool 2 and its predecessor close behind with $785 million and $782 million, respectively.
Joker — also starring Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, and Zazie Beetz — is now playing in theaters.