"Joker" shouldn't be a blockbuster – even the executives in their own studio would not have bet on a big win. But the unique, darkly violent film not only killed him at the box office, but also dominated the Oscar nominations.
In the story of the super villain's creation, eleven nominations were announced on Monday morning, including the best picture, the best director, the best actor and the best-adapted script. It is the most nominated superhero film in the history of the Oscars and in 2008 exceeded the eight nominations of the previous record holder "The Dark Knight", which also featured the joker character. (In fact, Heath Ledger received a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the role.) And this latest joker managed to oust Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" on Netflix
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, Sam Mendes & # 39; WWI film "1917" and Quentin Tarantinos "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood", each of which received 10 nominations.
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"Joker", which has made headlines for its extreme violence, becomes the most nominated superhero film in Oscar history and beats eight nominations for the 2008 film, which also features the joker character "The Dark Knight"
"Black Panther" won three Oscars and was nominated for seven, including the best picture.
While the latest DC Comics film received many rave reviews before its release on October 4, 2019, its action – a troubled comedian gets caught up in murderous villains and instigates an uprising among Gotham's impoverished masses – also raised fears of cinema violence. Industry observers and critics weren't sure how the obvious political issues (despite the director's claim that it wasn't a political film) would go down, especially overseas.
“Joker” became the best R-rated film of all time from the worldwide box office revenue and topped “Deadpool 2” in 2018. According to Box Office, “Joker” is now the first R-rated film to bring in a billion dollars in box office sales for Mojo.
It also holds the record for the biggest fall opening weekend and wins the Marvel film “Venom”, which was released the same weekend last year.
The international performance was strong: 68% of global revenue came from countries outside the United States.
It ended up at number 9 on the list of top box office results for 2019 (previously at number 7), far behind the $ 2.8 billion for "Avengers: Endgame", the most successful film of all time. And "Joker" came very close even with "Aladdin" with a final total profit of $ 1,066,746,521.
What Joker has done is remarkable, especially considering that it was not released in China, which is usually an important factor in international box office sales.
Another impressive number for Joker, according to Box Office Mojo, is a budget of just $ 55 million.
Compare this effort to the estimated budget of some of his superhero brothers:
"Venom": $ 100,000,000
Deadpool 2: $ 110,000,000
"The Dark Knight": $ 185 million
"The Dark Knight Rises": $ 250 million
Avengers: Infinity War: $ 321 million
Avengers: Endgame: $ 356 million
With its comparatively small budget, "Joker" will make a substantial profit – the deadline is estimated to be at least $ 500 million if the film at the box office worldwide is over $ 900 million. By the way, half a billion profits are supposedly something for Disney
and Marvel Studios have dropped out of Avengers: Infinity War.
All of these records seem to be very good news for the studio behind the film Warner Bros., a unit of AT&T
However, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Warner Bros. has brought in two more studios as financial partners to share the film's risk. According to the journal, this means that these partners take home between 40% and 50% of the profit.
This story was originally published in November 2019 and updated with the Oscar nominations and the latest box office numbers.