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'Joker' expected to cross $1 billion global box office milestone

Fri 15th November, 2019 8:26pm
Nov 15 (Reuters) - Comic book movie "Joker" is poised to
surpass $1 billion in global ticket sales on Friday, becoming
the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to overcome the
milestone.
    "Joker," a dark origin story from Warner Bros.  T.N  about
Batman's arch nemesis, had sold $999.1 billion as of Thursday
despite not having been screened in China, which is projected to
become the world's largest movie market next year.
    Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally-ill loner who finds
fame through a random act of violence, the movie earned warm
reviews as it opened in early October but stoked controversy in
the United States over fears it would encourage violence.
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    Box office analyst Gitesh Pandya said "Joker" would top the
$1 billion level on Friday. 
    "Absolutely jaw-dropping achievement for an R-rated film
with a moderate budget and no China release," Pandya, founder
and editor of Box Office Guru, wrote on Twitter. 
    Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018 movie "Deadpool 2" ($785
million) and 2016's "Deadpool" ($783 million), both starring
Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed superhero.
    Thanks to a modest production budget estimated at about $60
million, "Joker" is also the most profitable comic book movie
ever, according to Forbes.com, due largely to the film's focus
on character rather than special effects and action scenes.
    "Joker" is now the 7th biggest Hollywood movie at the 2019
box office, behind action-packed blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame"
at $2.8 billion and family movie "The Lion King" at $1.6
billion, both from Walt Disney  DIS.N .
    The movie is expected to land nominations in the upcoming
Hollywood awards season and has inspired fans to visit the spot
in New York's Bronx district where Phoenix's character
transforms into the Joker, his face painted like a clown and
with green hair, and dances triumphantly down a set of steep
steps.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL2N2701CU

 (Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Jill Serjeant)
 ((jill.serjeant1@thomsonreuters.com; 213 955 6811;))
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