Joaquin Phoenix plays Joker’s title character
Comic book movie Joker reached this weekend’s $1bn (£ 772 m) mark on international ticket sales, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.
A U.S. R-rating allows everyone under the age of 17 to be accompanied by an adult watching the film in a cinema.
Joker is currently the number seven on the US box office list this weekend; with $31 m (£ 24 m) in Le Mans film Ford v Ferrari leading the chart.
The latest film by Charlie’s Angels could only manage in opening in third spot.
Between Friday and Sunday, the movie, stars Kristen Stewart and British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, took $8.6 m (£ 6.6 m).
Midway was second in this weekend’s World War Two naval drama, earning $8.8 m (£ 6.8 m).
The 2019 billionaire Club
I. Avengers: Endgame – $2.79billion
II. The Lion King – $1.65billion
III. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $1.13billion
IV. Captain Marvel – $1.09m
V. Toy Story 4 – $1.07bn
VI. Aladdin – $1.05bn
VII. Joker – $1bn (so far)

Earlier this month, Joker became the most popular comic book movie ever.
Despite not being published in China, it has now reached $1bn, where releases overseas can be blocked with too much sex or violence.

His nearest R-rated competitors are Deadpool 2 ($785 m) in 2018 and Deadpool ($783 m) his predecessor in 2016, both starring Ryan Reynolds.

Gitesh Pandya, Box Office Guru’s founder and editor, described it as a “jaw-dropping achievement”.

Director Todd Phillips made the film on a $62.5 m (£ 49 m) budget, a fraction of many adaptations of comic books.

The movie has divided criticism but is tipped for nominations from Oscar, and has also stirred controversy over its portrayals of mental illness and violence.


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