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Variety, Warner Bros.

For the First Time in History, an R-Rated Movie Tops $1 Billion at Box Office

Nov 15, 2019  •  Post A Comment

On Friday, for the first time in history, an R-rated movie topped $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. The movie, Warner Bros.’ “Joker,” is the seventh film this year to hit the mark, and the first that’s not from Disney or Marvel, Variety reports.

“Among Warner Bros.’ movies, it’s only the fourth to reach that milestone after ‘Aquaman’ and fellow Batman films ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises,'” Variety reports. “Given its modest $62.5 million budget, ‘Joker’ has become one of the most profitable movies of all time.”

The report notes that the movie “set numerous records since debuting on Oct. 4, including biggest domestic opening weekend for the month of October ($96 million). In the weeks leading up to its release, ‘Joker’ elicited security concerns over its depiction of a mass murderer. It also drew outrage from the families and friends of survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting during ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ But mounting concerns didn’t impact ticket sales, and ‘Joker’ maintained a huge draw in theaters among moviegoers across the globe.”

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