Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:44

Joker becomes first R-rated film to make $1bn at global box office

Comic book film Joker passed the $1bn (£772m) mark in global ticket sales this weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.

A US R rating requires everyone under the age of 17 watching the film in a cinema to be accompanied by an adult.

Joker is currently number seven on this weekend's US box office chart, with Le Mans film Ford v Ferrari topping the chart with takings of $31m (£24m).

The latest Charlie's Angels movie could only manage to open in third spot.

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The reboot, which stars Kristen Stewart and UK actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, took $8.6m (£6.6m) between Friday and Sunday.

World War Two naval drama Midway was second this weekend, taking $8.8m (£6.8m).

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Avengers: Endgame - $2.79bn
The Lion King - $1.65bn
Spider-Man: Far From Home - $1.13bn
Captain Marvel - $1.09m
Toy Story 4 - $1.07bn
Aladdin - $1.05bn
Joker - $1bn (so far)
Joker became the most profitable comic book movie of all time earlier this month.

It has now reached $1bn despite not being released in China, where overseas releases with too much sex or violence can be blocked.

Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018's Deadpool 2 ($785m) and its 2016 predecessor Deadpool ($783m), both starring Ryan Reynolds.

Gitesh Pandya, founder and editor of Box Office Guru, described it as a "jaw-dropping achievement".

(BBC)

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