“Joker” is on the verge of becoming the first R-rated film to gross more than $1 billion at the global box office, According to Forbes. The crime drama, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will reprise the classic Batman’s fateful enemy, according to the website. As of Friday, “The Joker” had grossed about $998 million worldwide. The film was released in the United States on October 4.
If “The Joker” breaks the $1 billion milestone, it will be the first R-rated film to break $1 billion at the global box office and join a $1 billion box office club. Films that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide so far in 2019 include Sea King, Toy Story 4, Lion King, Captain Marvel, The Avengers 4: The Final Battle, Aladdin and Spider-Man: The Heroic Expedition. “Sea King” was released at the end of 2018, but broke through the $1 billion mark in 2019. “The Joker” is not yet available in China.
While “The Joker” may be the most successful R-rated film, MarketWatch notes that Mel Gibson’s hit film “The Good Friday” (released in 2004) is still ahead of the pack at the U.S. box office. According to Forbes, the film grossed $370.8 million in the U.S., while “The Joker” currently grossed $311.7 million.