The Joker takes home ONE BILLION DOLLARS at box office as comic book film becomes first R-rated movie to reach epic figure
The Joker has earned one billion dollars at the box office today.
The critically-acclaimed film reached the figure nearly seven weeks after it's premiere, according to Forbes.
The Joker will also have the honor of being the first R-rated film to make a billion dollars at the box office.
Milestone: The Joker has earned a billion dollars mark at the box office today
More than 40 films have ever made a billion dollars at the box office.
Recent films include Aquaman ($1.048 billion) and Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.031 billion).
Domestically, the film, which was made on a $62.5 million budget, has brought in $316.692 million domestically.
Unlike Aquaman ($1.148B) and Spider-Man: Far from Home ($1.131B), Joker will successfully pass the billion mark without help from audiences in China.
Why so serious? The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the crazed, titular villain
In fact, if Joker passes Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight ($1.005B) starring the late Heath Ledger, then it'll be the biggest-grossing movie ever to not play in China.
Joker may have divided critics - with a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes - but it's currently the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jessica Chastain, Mark Hamill, Aaron Eckhart, and Josh Brolin were among the actors championing Joaquin's Oscar-worthy performance as Arthur Fleck.
It's a hit! The Joker will also have the honor of being the first R-rated film to make a billion dollars at the box office
Phoenix (born Bottom) was previously nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for Gladiator in 2000, and a leading actor Oscar for Walk the Line in 2005 and The Master in 2012.
The actor has previously hinted he'd been interested in reprising the role for a potential sequel.
'I wouldn't just do a sequel just because the first movie is successful. That's ridiculous,' Joaquin told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
Making a splash at the box office! More than 40 films have ever made a billion dollars at the box office, including Aquaman
'In the second or third week of shooting, I was like, "Todd [Phillips], can you start working on a sequel? There's way too much to explore." It was kind of in jest - but not really.'
The 49-year-old filmmaker said a Joker sequel 'would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does.'
'Because I think that's ultimately why the movie connected, outside of all the noise and mishegoss of the last month and a half,' the Oscar-nominated Borat writer told the Times.
Comic book icon: Tom Holland played the titular hero in Spider-Man: Far from Home