Joker to overtake Deadpool as highest-grossing R-rated film at global box office

Controversial film has broken several records since being released

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 23 October 2019 11:44
Joker final trailer (2019)

Joker is about to become the most popular R-rated film of all time.

Despite its fair share of controversy, the film – starring Joaquin Phoenix – already surpassed 2018's Venom to score the biggest October opening of all time.

Now, Todd Phillips's film is on course to earn the record of being the highest-grossing R-rated release of all time.

Joker's global box office takings currently sit at $737.5m with one film pipping it to the post: Deadpool. However, it looks like Joker is about to sail past that film's $783m over the next week.

In fact, such is the popularity of the film that Joker's box office takings are set to exceed $900m.

Phoenix recently said he would be very interested in playing Joker again, following rave reviews of his performance.

According to reports, Jared Leto – who played the DC villain in ​2016's Suicide Squad – was left “alienated and upset” when he heard about plans to make the film.

Joker is out now in cinemas.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in