Times are slow for the biggest October movie of all time, as Joker is on the brink of exiting theaters. Just two weeks ago, the latest DC Comics film was only able to muster $141,000 from just over 200 theaters—a far cry from the Joaquin Phoenix film’s massive $96.2 million opening.
But still, those early months were kind to Joker and put the film in a position to become one of of the DC Extended Universe’s most successful projects. After just three weekends in theaters, Joker ranked as the ninth highest earning DC film of all time at the U.S. box office, and the 15th highest ranking DC film of all time at the global box office.
From there, it’s been a slow and steady rise for Joker. And since early December, the Joaquin Phoenix film has rested in the No. 3 position at the domestic box office and in the fifth position at the international box office.
Joker’s current $1.067 is up about $10 million from one month ago, which means the film is still performing well in scattered markets overseas. That total puts it just The Dark Knight Rises at $1.085 billion.
Here’s how DC’s international list stacks up:
- Aquaman ($1.148 billion)
- The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085 billion)
- Joker ($1.067 billion)
- The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million)
- Wonder Woman ($821.8 million)
- Suicide Squad ($746.8 million)
- Man of Steel ($668 million)
- Justice League ($657.9 million)
- Batman ($411.5 million)
So while Joker’s slot on the worldwide list seems all but solidified, Joker is on the verge of capturing Aquaman at $335.1 million in the U.S. rankings.
Here’s how the domestic list currently stacks up:
- he Dark Knight ($533.3 million)
- The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million)
- Wonder Woman ($412.6 million)
- Aquaman ($335.1 million)
- Joker ($334.1 million)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million)
- Suicide Squad ($325.1 million)
- Man of Steel ($291 million)
- Batman ($251.2 million)
- Justice League ($229 million)
Joker’s current $334 million domestic total is up about $600,00 from its revenue just two weeks ago. So while attendance has tapered off significantly, the Joaquin Phoenix vehicle has pulled in enough moviegoers to keep itself alive. At this point, it only rests $1 million behind Aquaman.
While the film’s theater count is slowly dipping down into double digits, Joker’s per-theater average at this stage of the game is still impressive. Last weekend, the film only showed in 111 theaters, but pulled in $128,484. That came to an average of $1,157 per theater—the highest per-theater average for the film since November.
If Joker’s weekly average continues to remain around $200,000, then Joker should only need a few more weeks to close the gap between itself and Aquaman (pending it remains in theaters). On the other hand, the $20 million remaining between Joker and The Dark Knight Rises may prove to be insurmountable.
In the meantime, we’ll keep track of Joker’s performance and update accordingly.