Last week, we reported that Joker did terrific numbers opening weekend despite the fear-mongering by certain portions of American media. The film grossed more than $US 234 million worldwide in its first weekend of release which is a bigger number than Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel and Venom.
This past weekend, the Todd Phillips masterpiece continued its phenomenal run at the box office. Over in North America, the film raked in an additional $US 55 million in its second weekend, bringing its total to $US 192.73 million. What’s even more bonkers is that these numbers signify a mere 43% drop from week one to week two, which is a smaller drop than even Wonder Woman (43.3%).
Considering Wonder Woman earned $US 103 million in its opening weekend (which isn’t too far from Joker‘s $US 96 million) it’s very much possible that Joker sits around the $US 400 million mark in North America by the end of its run. But of course, we’ll have to wait and see just how big of obstacles the likes of Terminator: Dark Fate (24 October) and Zombieland: Double Tap (31 October) turn out to be.
But what we really need to talk about is Joker‘s insane global number. The film has grossed $US 351.2 million outside of North America in about 11 days, bringing its cumulative global tally to a staggering $US 543.9 million so far. The film has already surpassed its fellow Warner Bros R-rated picture, It: Chapter Two‘s $US 445 million (and nearing the end of its run). We’ll know in a few weeks time if Joker can also surpass Hobbs & Shaw ($US 760 million) to become the year’s highest-grossing non-Disney film.
The number becomes even more shocking when we put it into perspective. In less than two full weeks, Joker has already grossed more than Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins ($US 372 million), Shazam! ($US 364 million), Ant-Man ($US 519.3 million) and every single X-Men movie not named Days of Future Past ($US 747.9 million) and fellow R-rated comic book film, Logan ($US 619 million). There’s no doubt whatsoever, that Joker will surpass Logan before the next weekend comes along and if it has enough legs, surpass Deadpool and Deadpool 2 by the end of its run.