Last weekend, Joker topped Venom to own the biggest opening weekend ever in the month of October by pulling in $96.2 million. And that doesn’t even include the film’s worldwide gross, which jumped to $248.4 million when accounting for overseas sales.
Still, the question remained: would Joker carry that momentum and own the best October of all time?
Unequivocally, the answer seems to be a resounding “yes.”
Joker’s two main competitors are Venom and The Martian. Last year Venom accrued $190 million domestically in the month of October and around $330 million in foreign markets for a global total of approximately $520 million. And The Martian pulled in an impressive $180 million domestically in 2015 during those 31 days and around $426 million worldwide.
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So far? Friday estimates bring Joker’s domestic total to $154 million, which lands its worldwide total around $320 million. With two-thirds of the month still ahead of us, it seems Joker is well on pace to topple both Venom and The Martian’s totals during October.
As previously reported, Joker is fully expected to claim the No. 1 spot at the American box office once again this weekend with approximately $45 million, which would bring its domestic total to about $141 million. Plus the film is expected to have yet another stellar weekend overseas, which would bring its grand total to about $400 million—just $120 million away from Venom with 17 days in October left to go.
While it seems as though Joker has bested every October release ever by a landslide, things get a bit closer when we account for ticket price inflation. For instance, Shark Tale released on Oct. 1, 2004 and brought in a total of $146.8 million domestically. But when we account for inflation, that total jumps to $213.1 million.
Upping the ante even more, Gravity’s $206.1 million domestic total during the month of October during 2013 elevates to $222.4 million after inflation. And by the end of November, Gravity had pulled in $208 million in foreign markets, bringing its grand total past The Martian.
There are also other films like Meet the Parents, Taken 2 and Gone Girl that start to near the $150-200 million range after inflation.
With that said, none of those films had the global presence of Joker, which was released at the height of cinematic universes dominated by superheroes. Backed by that worldwide obsession, it seems as though Joker will easily become the biggest movie ever released in the month of October.