'Joker' is the most profitable comic-book movie ever made

'Joker' is the most profitable comic-book movie ever made

It's been the hit of the year, and it was kind of unexpected.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker is on course to become the most profitable comic book film at the box office. So here's one more: According to the math cooked up by Forbes, the stand-alone spin-off about Batman's most preferred baddie is now the most lucrative comic guide movie ever created.

Since its release, the film has made 15.3 times its budget, besting Jim Carrey's 1994 comedy "The Mask", which grossed #351 million on a $23 million budget.

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That's exactly why they entered the psychological comic-book movie into the Venice Film Festival at the end of August, where it received critical acclaim and duly won the Golden Lion award.

As Forbes reports, Joker has made $304.2 million in North America in its first five weeks in cinemas, making $953 million globally. Presuming its 32% domestic/68% overseas split holds, then it will have a new global cume of around $957 million by tonight. The total budget for the movie was a total of $62.5 million with the movie earning back nearly 15.3 times its budget. And now, in its fifth week of release, the R-rated Warner Bros. release, directed by Todd Phillips, is not only approaching $1 billion worldwide but is now the most profitable comic book film of all time. In a skewed way, Jokerrepresents every studio's dream, in that it's a mid-budget, 2-D title that's pulling top-tier blockbuster business without relying on China. As of this writing, Joker's throughout the world gross is $952 million - dangerously near to the billion mark, which it may move by the time some of you read through this.

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