Warner Bros. DC Comics adaptation Joker deliver the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.
With an estimated $93.5 million, Warner Bros.'s Joker delivered the largest October domestic opening ever, topping the $80.25 million opening for Venom just last year, not to mention coming very close to the $93.8 million opening for Justice League in 2017, which it could very easily top once actuals come in on Monday.
The Joker's performance is also the fourth largest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film and comes up just shy of becoming only the fourth R-rated film to ever open with $100+ million. Heading into the weekend the film had already broken a record, becoming the widest October opening ever, playing in 4,374 locations and on Thursday night it delivered an October record for preview grosses, bringing in $13.3 million. Now attention will turn to how well it will be able to holdover next week.
Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScore with the under-35 set giving it an "A-". To go along with a solid critical opinion — 69% on RottenTomatoes — the film holds a 91% audience score on RottenTomatoes to go along with an impressive 9.1/10 from IMDb users. The opening weekend crowd skewed heavily male at 64% while 66% of the audience was under the age of 35.
Internationally, Joker debuted in 73 markets and brought in an estimated $140.5 million for a $234 million global debut. Leading the way was a $16.3 million opening in South Korea followed by the UK ($14.8m), Mexico ($13.1m), Russia ($10m), Brazil ($7.3m), Japan ($7.0m), Italy ($6.8m), Australia ($6.6m), Indonesia ($5.9m), Spain ($4.6m), India ($3.9m), Taiwan ($2.9m) and the United Arab Emirates ($2.7m). Of those openings, the debuts in UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia marked the largest overseas openings for a WB title this year. Looking ahead, the film will open in France and Germany later this week.
Credit Box Office Mojo