Joker to Best Deadpool as the Highest Grossing R-Rated Film Ever

THR reports that Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the menacing DC Comics super-villain, is well on its way to becoming the top-grossing R-rated film of all time at the global box office, not adjusted for inflation.


Deadpool, the groundbreaking 2016 superhero pic starring Ryan Reynolds, is the current record holder with $783 million in worldwide ticket sales. (Deadpool 2‘s earnings were roughly $738 million before a PG-13 cut of the 2018 film brought the movie’s total grosses to $785 million.)

Through Sunday, Joker‘s global total stands at $737.5 million after three weekends in release, exceeding all expectations.

Joker’s domestic haul over the Oct. 18-20 frame was $29.2 million for a North American total of $247.2 million.

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