‘Joker’ Box Office Report Day 5: Todd Phillips’s film starring Joaquin Phoenix mints Rs 23 crore on its extended weekend
Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker is winning hearts worldwide. The film is directed by Todd Phillips and Joaquin in the titular role and as Arthur Fleck. Joker takes an unconventional approach to the superhero genre. The film revolves around Arthur, an aspiring stand-up comedian who sinks into madness as his life and career begin to spiral. Earlier this year, the film took home the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, with critics lauding Phoenix’s borderline unsettling take on Batman’s arch-nemesis.
Now as per Box Office India, Joker has crossed Rs 20 crore mark over the extended five-day weekend. The film minted Rs 5.50 crore approx on Sunday and the total collections up until now are Rs 23 crore approx. Meanwhile, according to Variety, the film which garnered controversy for portraying violence scored USD 93.5 million over the weekend. The ticket sale surpassed the benchmark previously set by Sony’s superhero tentpole ‘Venom’ which earned USD 80 million.
Wednesday – Rs 5.25 crore approx
Thursday – Rs 3.25 crore approx
Friday – Rs 3.75 crore approx
Saturday – Rs 5.25 crore approx
Sunday – Rs 5.50 crore approx
TOTAL- Rs 23 crore approx
Joker had been the subject of scrutiny in the weeks leading up to its release over fears that the disturbing origin story of Batman’s infamous foe could inspire violence, reported Variety. The film which won rave reviews has inspired waves of headlines over apprehensions that its depiction of a mentally ill assassin could incite violence, prompting movie theatres across the country to take extra security precautions.