Joker is officially dominating the box office.
The Todd Phillips’ directed film starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to break some box office records its opening weekend. Earning $13.3 million on Thursday night, and with Friday looking at an increased $39.8 million in North America, estimates are that Joker is heading for a record-breaking $90 million opening domestically and a worldwide opening between $188-$194 million.
This is the biggest preview number since The Lion King which premiered n July.
“Weeks of speculation as to Joker’s opening weekend performance and its status as one of the most talked about movies of the year have made the acclaimed (and controversial) film a must-see cinematic event,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.
In addition to Phoenix, also starring in Joker is Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, and Marc Maron.