'Joker' Becomes The Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Ever


Believe it or not, the most profitable comic-book movie prior to "Joker" wasn't any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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.

Five weeks after its release, "Joker" is still breaking records. 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.

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Forbes notes that Joker is on track to reach $957 million worldwide Friday, November 8. The total budget for the movie was a total of $62.5 million with the movie earning back nearly 15.3 times its budget. That's over 15 times the amount made back on the budget.

Forbes also points out that Joker is now on track to cross the billion-dollar mark within the next two weeks. (To date, Joker has made $291 million more worldwide than Justice League.) Hopefully the takeaway here is to do more bold, unusual takes on comic books, and not just more Joker movies. But with a bloated budget of $356 million, and a mere $2.798 billion in box office, Endgame only made 7.9-times as much as it cost. There were concerns that the movie would encourage violence among individuals with the same temperament and personality as Phoenix's character, Arthur Fleck - so much so that the Federal Bureau of Investigation actually checked Joker posts on social media and the New York Police Department patrolled screenings during the film's premiere.

Once more, this is if you search at Joker's comparatively modest spending plan.