We told you last week that ‘Joker‘ was set to break a lot of records during its opening weekend. Things were looking great for the film after a record-breaking Thursday night preview.
The positive word-of-mouth from the audience propelled it to a record $96 million opening weekend, just $4 million short of $100 million.
It broke several records with its impressive total, including the biggest October domestic opening of all time, biggest October international opening of all time, and Warner Bros. best opening weekend in two years.
The film made a total of $247 million globally, which is a career best for both director Todd Phillips and lead actor Joaquin Phoenix.
This total is even more impressive when you consider the fact that some people might have stayed home opening weekend, in fear of potential shootings.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement ahead of the movie’s Thursday night opening about a number of threats to moviegoers that were posted online. Some of the threats called for mass shootings at showings of ‘Joker.’ Warner Bros., which like CNN is owned by WarnerMedia, has said that the film is not ‘an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.’
Thankfully, nothing like that happened. It was a successful opening all around for Joker and Warner Bros.