‘Joker’ Looks to be Villainous Force in Box Office Debut | THR News
Now this is no joke! Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ is looking like a force to be reckoned with in its box office debut. The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, and tells the infamous Batman villain’s dark origin story, is widely expected by many experts to open to $80 million-plus in North America. ‘Joker’ is even expected to beat the October record set last year by Sony’s ‘Venom,’ which opened to $80.3 million. However, Warner Bros. is being more conservative in its forecast, suggesting that it’ll take in $75 million to $80 million in its debut since the studio remains unclear whether heightened security for the film will impact traffic. As previously reported theaters in certain markets including Los Angeles and New York are taking extra precautions and deploying officers to theaters around the cities that will be screening ‘Joker’ this weekend. These safety measures come in the wake of unease surrounding the films dark and violent elements. Theaters in other parts of the country are also taking precautions, including the Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse, which said it will have additional security present after receiving inquiries from customers. But despite the widespread headlines, it looks like prerelease tracking isn’t reflecting any downturn in audience interest in the film. In fact tracking also suggests ‘Joker’ will bow to $60 million or more internationally, a strong start for an R-rated title. And since no other movie wanted to challenge the film and open nationwide opposite ‘Joker,’ it will undoubtedly own the weekend. Alright for more box office updates head over to THR.com and until next time for The Hollywood Reporter News I’m Neha Joy.