Joker Leads Worldwide Weekend Box Office as It Nears Justice League With $544 Million Total

Meanwhile, Will Smith’s Gemini Man is now even more reliant on China.

Joker Leads Worldwide Weekend Box Office as It Nears Justice League With $544 Million Total

Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

  • Joker released October 2 in cinemas in India
  • About $100 million away from Justice League
  • Gemini Man had a slow, disappointing start

New weekend, same draw. Joker was the biggest film over the past three days with $178.7 million (about Rs. 1,265 crores) at the worldwide box office, pushing it to ninth position in the all-time DC Comics adaptation chart with total earnings of $543.9 million (about Rs. 3,852 crores). Justice League ($657.9 million) and Man of Steel ($668 million) are next in Joker's crosshairs, easy pickings for a film that has achieved its current global gross in just two weekends. And even more interestingly, Joker is the only adults-only — it's certified “A” in India and rated “R” in the US — film in the top ten of the biggest movies of all time based on a DC Comics property.

Joker Movie Review: Joaquin Phoenix Captivates in a Misguided Origin Story

Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover Trilogy), Joker is a standalone — it's not part of the DC film universe that includes the likes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman — origin story about Batman's archenemy. While audiences are clearly flocking to the theatres, critics are somewhat divided on Joker. The DC movie is rated “fresh” at 68 percent but has a “mixed” 58 score on reviews aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. (Metacritic assigns a weighted score to each individual review, while Rotten Tomatoes opts for a binary thumbs up or thumbs down.)

Of Joker's second weekend $178.7 million total, the DC movie brought in an estimated $55 million (about Rs. 389.6 crores) in the US and Canada, with the remaining estimated $123.7 million (about Rs. 876 crores) coming in from 79 other markets. Amongst the latter, the leading countries are the UK ($36.9 million), Mexico ($28.9 million), South Korea ($28 million), Russia ($20.4 million), Brazil ($18 million), Japan ($15.4 million), Australia ($14.9 million), Spain ($13 million), Indonesia ($11.3 million), and France ($10.3 million). France was one of two news markets this weekend, alongside Germany ($9.3 million). In India, Joker has made more than $6.3 million (Rs. 44.5 crores).

Meanwhile, the Will Smith-starrer, Ang Lee-directed Gemini Man was the other big global release this weekend. The sci-fi action thriller film made $51.6 million (about Rs. 365.5 crores) at the worldwide box office in its opening weekend. It had premiered in five markets the previous week, so its global total now stands at $59.5 million (about Rs. 421.4 crores). The biggest performing markets are the US and Canada ($20.5 million), France ($5.1 million), Germany ($4.5 million), Mexico ($2.7 million), Russia ($2.7 million), South Korea ($2.2 million), and the UK ($2.2 million).

Gemini Man Review: Two Will Smiths at the Cost of Everything Else

Gemini Man will need to do better to recover its $138 million budget; thankfully, its China release is this week (October 18), followed by Japan and Lee's native Taiwan (October 25). China is also reportedly the only country with about 100 screens that can screen Gemini Man as intended: 120fps extra-high frame rate at 4K resolution in 3D. (Not a single screen in India, or the US, can do so.)


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Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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