Joker Movie Log
Joker officially joins the Billion Dollar Club
Earnings as of January 26, 2020: $1,070,401,461 Worldwide
Behind the scenes at the Joker production
Story at ComicBookMovie about director Todd Phillips on shooting scenes with Joaquin Phoenix
This is not the plot to a 1954 issue of Detective Comics
Joker gets 11 Oscar Nominations
This will certainly boost sales of the just released Blu Ray and DVD
Story at USA Today
These are the categories Joker is competing for an award:
Makeup and Hairstyling
Warner's now has a Oscar compaign to get Joker some of those golden statues
Nov 18, 2019: Story at Cheatsheet
Joker film Cinematographer Lawrence Sher wins "Golden Frog" Award
Story at Hollywood Reporter
$1 billion getting closer for Joker
You can fully expect Joker to finally eclipse that $1 billion mark this weekend at the worldwide box office, making it one of 44 movies in the history of cinema to do so.
Story at Forbes
Update Nov 17: So close, now at $996,539,593 worldwide (according to Boxofficemojo)
Joker slows down, at $986,512,810
Can Warners get it over the $1 billion dollar worldwide speed bump? Details on number breakdown at boxofficemojo
Joker at $934,011,992 worldwide - eclipsing Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, etc.
Nov 4, 2019: Director Todd Phillips' brutal story of how Arthur Fleck becomes Joker continues to gain numbers that shows that a DCU film can still bring in the box office when the film is right. Considering the production cost on Joker is reported at $55 million, the closing-in-on-one-billion-dollar earnings report is a huge shot in the arm for the anemic earnings column of the DCU cinematic world.
Also expect a lot of imitation in follow up in superhero films, though Joker was carefully staged as a "one-off" title and maybe something of an experiment by Warners, but the success in filling seats doesn't lie. The general good critical response is icing on the cake for the applause-deprived world of DCU moviedom.
The 2017 Logan from 20th Century Fox was a "gritty" take on one of Marvel's best known heroes, and now Joker has continued in that vein, but has ramped up the attitude of civilizational decay and character misére, combined with an intelligent script.
Read the Comic Book Brain review of Joker
Joker #1 Box office
Worldwide earnings at $289,928,787 [Source: boxofficemojo]
The natural result of Joker's success - imitation:
Six DC characters who need a Joker like movie version – Cinema Blend
Joker screening violence - in Burbank, Los Angeles - CBS
Media latches onto Joker movie success
Washington Post – "edgy comic book fare big appeal"
Collider – "Joker sets records"
Newsarama – "Joker director thanks fans for success"
And this one is funny, as if they're deliberately prodding the bear with a stick:
"How Martin Scorsese paved the way for Joker" – Hollywood Reporter
For context, see:
Armand White for "Martin Scorsese Dissents from the Comic Book Movie Fanboys" – National Review
Martin Scorsese says "Marvel movies ain't real cinema" at UK Guardian
Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie wins the top prize at the Venice Film Festival
Man, if there wasn't already a land rush to grab superhero movie roles in Hollywood, expect it to turbo once the realization that a 4-color movie can get the primo honors in Europe sinks in. I don't know if this is good news or bad.
Chicago Tribune - "Who’s laughing now?"
New York Daily News - "Phoenix’s menacing portrayal of the consummate evildoer deserved all of the credit."
MSN News - "Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know."
Joker the Movie Review
The Joker Movie Log
Original page January 2020 | Updated March 30, 2020