Joker Becomes the First R-rated Movie to Cross $1 Billion Mark


  • DC’s latest and darkest film Joker passed the $1bn mark in global ticket sales, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.
  • Joker became the most profitable comic book movie of all time earlier this month.
  • Joker joins superhit DC movies including The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in the billion-dollar club

Joker has reached the $1bn mark despite not being released in China, where overseas releases with too much sex or violence can be blocked.

Its nearest R-rated rivals of DC’s Joker are 2018’s Marvel’s Deadpool 2 ($785m) and its 2016 predecessor Deadpool ($783m), both starring Ryan Reynolds.

Director Todd Phillips made the movie on a budget of $62.5m, which is a fraction of the budget of many comic book adaptations.

The remarkable film is tipped for Oscar nominations. It has also built up controversy for its representations of mental illness and violence.

The billion-dollar movies of 2019

Avengers: Endgame: $2.79bn

The Lion King: $1.65bn

Spider-Man: Far From Home: $1.13bn

Captain Marvel: $1.09bn

Toy Story 4: $1.07bn

Aladdin: $1.05bn

Joker: $1bn (so far)

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