The movie took a leading position, despite the R rating — that is, as containing cruelty scenes — and criticism on the eve of the premiere.
The movie Joker raised $93.5 million on its first weekend in the United States, setting the box office record for October. At the same time, the budget of the picture was $64 million. In 2018, another American superhero movie Venom raised $80 million on its first weekend. According to the publication, the police in New York and Los Angeles increased security around the cinema on the eve of the premiere, fearing a terrorist attack.
Todd Phillips became the director of the new film of the DC Universe, and Joaquin Phoenix played the main role. At the Venice Film Festival this year, the Joker received the main award — the Golden Lion. At the end of September, relatives of the victims of the mass shooting in the city of Aurora in 2012 criticized the film. According to the authors of the letter, in the new film about the Joker — the main enemy of Batman — there is too much violence and cruelty, she romanticizes the image of the villain and the audience can feel sympathy for him.