Friday, May 24, 2024

“Joker” Sets October Box Office Record, Also 4th Highest R Rated Movie Ever, But Falls Short of $100 Mil Goal


Warner Bros. can breathe some big sighs of relief. “Joker” has broken the record for October movie openings with $93.5 million. No one got hurt. It’s the fourth highest opening weekend for an R rated movie.

But “Joker” falls short of the $100 million it was hyped to achieve. Big deal. After a season of tough showings including “The Goldfinch,” Todd Phillips’ film is a ripping success. Joaquin Phoenix is guaranteed an Oscar nomination.

It’s not easy getting to $100 million. Look at “Hustlers,” which will arrive there later this week but not as fast as one might have thought a month ago.

Meanwhile, “Downton Abbey” has hit $73 million, still has a lot of life to it, and has shown that the audience is there for smart, adult movies and movies derived from higher end TV shows. Jon Hamm said No to a “Mad Men” movie, but plenty of other TV shows’ creators are probably scrambling to figure out a big screen revival.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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