'Joker' dominates box office with $141 million opening
Per Variety, Joker has dominated international moviegoing, having garnered $140.5 million from 22,552 screens in 73 markets for Warner Bros.
The film, which sees Joaquin Phoenix reprise the iconic role, outperformed expectations in regards to its worldwide opening weekend which totalled $234 million.
Joker generated the biggest 2019 opening for a Warner Bros. feature in 39 markets including UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, UAE, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. As well as this, it was the biggest October opening weekend in 21 markets, including Spain, UAE, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.
Check out the trailer for the Joker movie below:
In related news, Joker is purportedly so "dark" and "disturbing" that people have been walking out of cinemas.
Several viewers took to Twitter to state that the film should come with a "trigger warning".
"I've just walked out of the Joker. Maybe I was naive in going/didn't realise what an origin story would be like, maybe because I live with someone with MH [mental health], it was just far too dark for me to be able to watch," wrote one viewer on social media, while another corroborated "Mental illness is a serious topic...... Horrible, dark movie. We walked out of it. We don't recommend it. We already live in a sick society, let's not add to it please!"
A third person added: "Would just like to say if anyone is thinking of going to watch the Joker movie, there should be a giant red trigger warning banner while buying tickets or something, people walked out after the first graphic shooting & there was quite a few after."
Take a look at the last trailer as well:
In other Joker related news, Phoenix reportedly had some difficulty when it came to nailing the villain's laugh.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix stated that the Joker's laugh was: "Something that's almost painful. I think for Joker it's a part of him that wants to emerge. I think we all kind of assume what a Joker laugh is and it felt like a new, fresh way of looking at it."
He continued: "I didn't think that I could do it, I kind of practised alone but I asked Todd to come over to audition my laugh. I felt like I had to be able to do it on the spot and in front of somebody else. It was really uncomfortable. It took me a long time."
"I found that I would identify certain parts of his personality or his motivation and then I would back away from that because I wanted there to be a mystery to the character. Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day."