It seems that the opening weekend of "Joker" could be as puzzling as the clown Prince of Crime himself.
The predictions for the film, which features a version of DC Comic's famous villain Joker, were all over the world Some anticipated that the film would only attract $ 50 million at its opening, while others demanded a debut of over $ 100 million, which was more criticized than it was for the opening on October 4. Currently, the Warner Bros. movie is rated 74% "Fresh" for "Rotten Tomatoes".
While some have praised the story and direction of Todd Phillips and the portrayal of Joaquin Phoenix, many have raised the question of whether the film, which depicts mass murder, could inadvertently portray Joker as a hero or inspirational figure.
Others wonder if comic fans who have supported action-packed superhero films in the past are attracted to a more subdued character piece.
"I expect fans," Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, said. "For over eleven years there has been a demand to see such a joker back on screen."
Fans fell in love with Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight" (2008). The performance was different than anything the audience had seen from the figure. Although he had the same charisma and personality as Joker, he was somehow darker and sounder than the character's animated TV and movie iterations.
"The bigger x-factor is how it's going to be played up after this fanshow," Robbins said, noting that the sale of second-week tickets in cinemas could go down dramatically if fans did not like the movie ,
Currently, Robbins predicts that "Joker" could have an opening weekend of over $ 80 million dethroning "Venom" as the most successful film ever released in October. "Venom," a film about the origins of one of Spider-Man's best-known villains, raised $ 80.2 million on the opening weekend last year.
However, not all filmmakers see a massive opening for "Joker".
"I do not see an opening weekend for $ 1
Dergarabedian noted that "Joker" is less of an action-packed blockbuster than a psycho-thriller and a character piece. For this reason, it may not have as big an opening weekend as other, more comic-based films.
In fact, "Hannibal" is the highest-grossing thriller film for a serial killer at $ 58 million. The second highest was "Red Dragon," with $ 36.5 million in revenue for its opening every year 2002.
Of course, the appeal of a joker story could make the movie about these numbers. According to Atom Tickets, "Joker" currently has the second-best ticket sale for an R-rated movie behind "John Wick: Chapter 3". It also exceeds the presale for "Venom", the company said.
In particular, the third "John Wick" film earned at its opening revenue of about 56.8 million US dollars.
Some analysts believe security has improved Before the release of "Joker", action is being taken in cinemas in the US. The decision to strengthen security measures was linked to a shootout in 2012 during a demonstration of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70 people.
Both Landmark Theaters and AMC, the nation's largest film chain, have banned masks. However, customers are allowed to dress up as long as they do not wear masks or cover their faces with make-up.