Joker premieres with a strong outing for the month of October to the tune of $96 million. Internationally, the movie made around $246 million dollars.
Put On A Happy Face WB
Despite the heightened security at movie theaters nationwide, Joker’s debut was the strongest ever for the month of October. The previous record was held by Sony Pictures Venom, with a then record $80 million. Joker is also the biggest opening for WB in two years.
What is really amazing about these numbers is that the movie hasn’t even been released in China. As of this writing, there is no release date for that massive market.
The Last Laugh
Joker had so many things going against it going into the weekend that it is a pleasant surprise that it performed so well. The FBI released notices that warned movie goers to be vigilant when going to the theater due to the possibility of violence surrounding the movie’s release.
Theaters warned audiences that the movie is a ‘hard R’ as well as checking IDs at the box office. Patrons were also warned that masks and props would not be allowed in the theater during screenings. Despite all those precautions and ominous warnings, thankfully there were no major incident reported anywhere in the country.
Send In The Clowns
As for the audience demographics, 65% of the them are considered ‘mature’ between the ages of 18 and 34. 62% of audiences comprised of males with only 8% percent being under the recommended viewing age. Ethnically, the breakdowns are as follows: Caucasian (44%), Hispanic (24%), African-Americans (16%), and Asians/Other (14%).
With all that being said, it will be interesting to see how DC movies will shape up in the future. We here at DCN can’t wait to what that future will look like.
Joker is in theaters now