‘Joker’ Shatters October Box Office Record

Despite all the controversy surrounding the violence in the film, Joker broke the October domestic box office record this weekend. The film earned close to $93.5 million domestically, shattering the previous record holder.

With $93.5 million made, it beats last year’s Venom, which brought in $80.3 million. Joker pulled in $234 million globally.

Warning issues had been issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security due to the depiction of violence and worry of copy cats. The film’s distributor, Warner Bros., responded to the controversy with a statement.

“Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero,” said Warner Bros.

Media analysts believe that the controversy helped with the publicity of the movie, making it “a must-see event.” The film received mix reviews from critics. It currently has a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience gives it a higher score of 90% on the rating website. Did you brave the crowds to see the highly anticipated movie?