Warner Bros.’ Joker has officially become the first R-rated movie in history to earn over $1 billion at the global box office.
Joaquin Phoenix’s twisted take on the Batman villain marks the seventh movie this year (and first that’s not from Disney or Marvel) to join the elusive billion-dollar club. Among Warner Bros.’ movies, it’s only the fourth to reach that milestone after Aquaman and fellow Batman films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Given its modest $62.5 million budget, Joker has become one of the most profitable movies of all time. Joker set numerous records since debuting on Oct. 4, including biggest domestic opening weekend for the month of October ($96 million). In the weeks leading up to its release, Joker elicited security concerns over its depiction of a mass murderer. It also drew outrage from the families and friends of survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting during The Dark Knight Rises. But mounting concerns didn’t impact ticket sales, and Joker maintained a huge draw in theaters among moviegoers across the globe.