Warner Bros. confirmed on Friday that the film, in which Joaquin Phoenix is portrayed as a restless man turning into a killer clown, has earned around $ 788 million from the worldwide box office. That's enough to beat the record of Deadpool, which raised $ 783 million worldwide in 2016.
Ryan Reynolds, the star of "Deadpool", congratulated on social media on Friday.
The film may be the highest rated R film worldwide, but there is still a long way to go before it surpasses the highest rated R film in the country. This recording still belongs to Mel Gibson's biblical drama "The Passion of Christ," which raised $ 370 million in North America in 2004. In the US, "Joker" has so far brought in $ 259 million.
"Joker" rocked the box office records when it rose to $ 96 million in North America earlier this month. The film was able to find an audience, even though critics and authorities were misled about the portrayal of violence.
"Joker" was a truly surprising success, "said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore ( SCOR ) to CNN Business. "The film found a record-breaking global audience despite security concerns, controversy and a grim theme."
The film by Warner Bros., which is owned by WarnerMedia like CNN, could continue its recovery as Hollywood continues to advance in the award season. The film won the Grand Prix of the Venice Film Festival, and critics raved about Phoenix's performance, leading to an Oscar talk.
"It would be really surprising if the Academy ignored Phoenix's performance," said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst on Boxoffice.com, CNN Business. "Although the film was highly controversial, everyone seemed to agree that Phoenix provided Oscar-level work."