The box office debut of Joker, Todd Phillips‘ latest film starring Joaquin Phoenix as one of modern history’s most famous comic-book supervillains, was no joke. As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, Joker has debuted with $93.5 million in domestic box office earnings, setting a new record for a theatrical opening in the month of October.
Despite both of the film’s controversy and the increased security measures at many theaters as a result of that controversy, which included concerns that the film’s realistic take on the Joker could spark real-life violence. The R-rated origin pic sparked widespread security concerns in the days leading up to its release on Friday, prompting cinemas across the country to ramp up security for the film’s opening weekend, including an increased police presence and ID checks. Nonetheless, the film did exceptionally well. It marked the best opening for Warner Bros. in two years.
Joker is out now.