The amount of controversies Joker received since it’s trailer launch, it was bound to catch everyone’s attention. The film became a target for possibly promoting violence through mere glimpses of the trailer that depict the sob story behind a horrendous criminal. Nevertheless, the film’s ticket pre-sales reportedly suggest that it will be setting new records.
According to Deadline, despite the headlines about potential threats and theater security due to Joker’s story-line about a clown possessing a gun, the Warner Bros movie has remained solid on tracking, with reports still seeing an $80 million plus opening that is poised to beat last year’s October opening record set by Sony’s Venom ($80.2 million over three days, $90 million over four days owing to the Columbus Day holiday on October 8).
So far Joker‘s pre-sales are the second-best of 2019 following John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. They are also doing better than IT: Chapter Two and Glass according to Newsline.
Added that the movie is not only anticipated by Batman fans any longer, given the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, it seems Joker has earned its own fan following.
Atom Tickets conducted a poll in August, among 10,000 people to deduce the most anticipated film after September. The results showed Joker as the second most anticipated film after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The film became subject to controversies, initially with the US military that issued warnings concerning the possibility of a potential mass shooting at the film screenings, regardless of which, director Todd Phillips lashed out against it in an interview with The Wrap.
He said, “I think it’s because outrage is a commodity, I think it’s something that has been a commodity for a while. What’s outstanding to me in this discourse in this movie is how easily the far left can sound like the far right when it suits their agenda. We didn’t make the movie to push buttons. I literally described to Joaquin at one point in those three months as like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film’. It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget and we’ll call it f–ing Joker’. That’s what it was.”