Joker: Most Commercial R-Rated Film (Beating Deadpool Movies)

Joker has passed Deadpool 2 to become the highest-grossing R-rated film ever, boasting a global box office total of $788.1 million to date.

“Deadpool 2” grossed $785 million in 2018 and the original Deadpool $782 million in 2016.

The fourth weekend of “Joker” is battling out with Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” for the top spot at the North American pre-Halloween weekend box office.

“Joker” has grossed $258.6 in North America and $529.5 million internationally following its October 4 opening.

Surrounded by controversy and security concerns about the impact of the dark subject matter, Joker inspired waves of headlines over apprehensions that its depiction of the villain could incite violence, prompting movie theaters across the country to take extra security precautions.

Warner Bros. spent $62.5 million to finance the film along with village Roadshow, Creative Wealth Media and BRON Studios. That figure is a fraction of what most comic-book adaptations cost, meaning “Joker” is on track to become one of the most profitable superhero movies in history.

Other top R-rated worldwide grossers are 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded” at $738.6 million, 2017’s “It” ($697 million) and 2003’s “The Passion of the Christ” ($622.3 million).

Ryan Reynolds congratulated “Joker’s” victory with a fittingly R-rated tweet, writing, “R-rated box office congratulatory posts aren’t like the ones you’re used to.”

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