Joker Laughs Off The US Box Office Challenge And Breaks Records

By James White | Posted 6 Oct 2019


  • Joker
  • It: Chapter Two
  • Justice League
  • Abominable
  • Downton Abbey
  • Hustlers
  • Ad Astra
  • Judy
  • Rambo 5: Last Blood
  • Good Boys
Given the controversy surrounding it (tone, worries about what it might inspire), there was of course a question as to what effect that would have on the box office for Joker . Yet the new take on the character has proven to be a success out of the gate, launching in the US to a studio-estimates $93.5 million.

George Lucas’ Dog Inspired Chewbacca. The creator of the Star Wars world would drive around with his large Alaskan Malamute in the front seat of his car, which he described as “bigger than a human being and very long-haired.” The affection he felt for the dog was what gave him the idea for the connection between Han Solo and Chewbacca. (Fun fact: He was named Indiana.)

That puts it top of the charts in terms of October openings (it snatched the crown from It: Chapter Two ) and ranks as the fourth-largest opening for an R-rated release. It's also roughly the same amount as the much more costly Justice League took on its first weekend in 2017. Worldwide, the movie has made more than $234 million already. Natrually, it helped that Joker didn't face any wide-release competition. The new arrival pushed Abominable down to second place and $12 million. Downton Abbey went down(ton) to third with $8 million, while Hustlers slipped one place to fourth via $6.3 million. Rounding out the top five, we find the aforementioned It: Chapter Two, which earned $5.3 million.

"Iron Man." Paul Bettany has never seen the film, and is unfamiliar with the plot. He said J.A.R.V.I.S. was the easiest job ever, and it was almost like a robbery, since he only worked for two hours, got paid a lot of money, then went on vacation with his wife (Jennifer Connelly).

Ad Astra fell one place to sixth, making $4.5 million, with Judy staying seventh for $4.4 million. Rambo: Last Blood dropped to eighth with $3.5 million, while limited release Indian new entry War earned $1.5 million from 305 screens. Finally, we find Good Boys at 10th, adding $900,000.