The new Terminator might have dethroned Joker to take the top spot at the U.S. box office this week, but the Joaquin Phoenix starrer has become one of the most profitable comic book-based movie in the history after smashing several records.
Forbes crunched the numbers for all the most profitable comic book movies, including 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1989's Batman, Venom and Deadpool. Joker qualifies as the most profitable because of the difference between the budget for the film and how much it earned. That's because it is expected to be a major contender in the upcoming awards season, as Joaquin Phoenix is one of the front-runners for a Best Actor Oscar gong, while various other members of Joker's cast and crew will be hopeful that they can pick up some prizes, too. The report also adds that the film is the third-cheapest $900 million grosser of all time after Bohemian Rhapsody ($905 million on a $52 million budget) and The Lion King ($968 million on a $55 million budget in 1994). That's over 15 times the amount made back on the 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. Phillips had explained that the plot is more about how Joker becomes the man he came to be.
With a current worldwide total of approximately $953 million, Joaquin Phoenix's Joker will reach a new global gross of $957 million by tonight should its 32% domestic/68% overseas split hold.
He continued, "I basically said, 'You could take this character and put him in any movie'".