It's official: "Joker" is a hit. The provocative Todd Phillips-produced Warner Bros. movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary DC Comics villain had a $ 93.5 million ticket sale, making it the largest opening fund of all time.
There was no doubt that "Joker" would make a lot of money, but the recognition of prizes for the season remains an open question.
As soon as the first trailer expired in April, a song of praise was heaped on Phoenix. The clip was perhaps only two minutes and 24 seconds long, but the actor's view as a clown killer with a psychic laugh met Insta's predictions that Phoenix would secure his fourth Oscar nomination.
Warner Bros. staged the world premiere of the film in Venice, where he received standing ovations for eight minutes and recorded the Golden Lion. A few days later, the North American debut received similar awards at the Toronto Film Festival in Phoenix.
The general consensus seemed to be that even if the movie was too dark and violent to really enjoy it, only Phoenix's appearance was worth an Oscar's recognition.
However, the film soon became controversial: a group of family members and friends of mass shooting victims in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, wrote to Warner Bros. in 201
The studio quickly protected Phillips and its actors from the media when it premiered the film on the red carpet in Los Angeles. This was also true of the New York Film Festival.
AMC Theaters and Landmark Theaters announced the ban on costumes and masks during the "Joker" screening a few days before the weekend's opening. Los Angeles police said she would increase her visibility in the cinemas on the opening weekend. In New York City, a young man was abducted from a show in Times Square when he started applauding screen murders.
What is the Impact on the Joker Pricing Season? The film will be hard to sell to Academy voters.
First, he was born out of the universe of DC comics, no matter how much Phillips and his company rightly insist that it's not a traditional superhero movie. Superhero films had very little success at the Oscars. The first time a live action superhero movie received a Best Picture nomination last year was when Ryan Coogler's The Black Panther hit the stage. Nevertheless, the film could receive no theatrical nominations.
The only superhero nomination in Oscar history went to Heath Ledger, who in 2008 won posthumously for his role as Joker in "The Dark Knight".
As for violent movies, there were Oscar nominations as well as some victories. Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" won Best Picture in 1972, as did "Deliverance" the following year. "Taxi Driver", Martin Scorsese's classic New York drama about anti-hero Travis Bickle, who was an important inspiration for "Joker" according to Phillips, was nominated for Best Picture in 1977. Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" not only brought more than one world-wide $ 272 million against his budget of $ 19 million, but in 1992 he also received five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor ( Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally) This is the year 2019. Mass shootings are now far too frequent and the arms control debate remains a dominant political issue. Active Shooter exercises are part of many syllabi.
Almost all the academy voters I've spoken praise Phoenix's performance. "He's brilliant," says one. As the lights went out after the premiere of the New York Film Festival, I heard more praise than disapproval.
At the same time, voters seem to be against rewarding the actor. It is not because they do not consider his work worthy. They just do not like the idea that their voice could run like an advocacy of violence.
Also, look at his competition: would voters in "Marriage Story" actually choose a deadly lunatic over Adam Driver who cares about them? Sing "Being Alive"? Or how about Leonardo DiCaprio playing a Hollywood star in "Once upon a time … in Hollywood"?
Even Adam Sandler could have a better attitude than Phoenix. Sandler's gambling cheater in "Uncut Gems" may not have many, if any, redemptive values, but the dark comedy of the Safdie brothers makes the audience laugh without feeling guilty or uncomfortable.
During a panel discussion after the NYFF premiere, Phillips argued that the portrayal of violence in the real world in his film was "more responsible" than the "cartoon element of violence we've become so immune to" film. He added, "It probably helped, and it's good to have people who speak.
Speaking can lead to more ticket sales, but it's the same saying that could be reversing the movie at the Oscars.  More of "Joker":