Joker has broken the US box office record for October openings and debuted with $93.5 million in domestic earnings.
The origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker also took $140 million overseas to mark a global launch of $234 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It also marked the best opening for Warner Bros in two years.
The film has caused controversy due to its depiction of violence and mental illness, prompting cinemas and police departments to heighten security amid concerns of copycats.
Reviews for the movie have been mixed. The Independent gave the film four stars, calling Phoenix’s Joker “a heavier, more brooding and introspective figure than that of Heath Ledger in [Christopher] Nolan’s The Dark Knight”.
Over the weekend, an audience at a Joker screening in Long Beach, California fled the cinema after false reports of a shooting.
Joker is out in cinemas now.
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