‘Joker’ has become the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time
The Clown Prince of Crime has taken over the box office as Joker becomes the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made in history. Directed by Todd Philips, Warner Bros. Joker released on October 2 in India, two days before the rest of the world. As on October 24, Joker has already overtaken Deadpool and Deadpool 2, The Matrix Reloaded and IT. Deadpool‘s total collection was $782 million and the sequel did a total business of $785 million. Now what’s interesting is Deadpool 2 was also re-released as PG-13 to boost the total, and Joker has beaten it and is showing no sign of slowing down. Up until now, the film has made $788 million. Ryan Renolds has congratulated the makers in his typical fashion.
Director Todd Phillips’ Joker centers around the Batman’s iconic arch nemesis of DC comics and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. The Warner Bros. description of Joker says, “Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic by night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.”
Though Warner Bros. has already made another R-rated movie, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn which will release on February 2020, the success of Joker will sure encourage the production house to order more R-rated movies in future.
Amidst all the negativity that Joker will encourage violence in society, the film has become victorious in both box-offices and among fans. “Well, no one’s laughing now!”
The author Ritam Pan
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