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When Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker went ahead, it earned more than 19x its $55 million budget to become the first and only rated R movie with a $1 billion collection

Joker is the only R movie to gross more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office (Photo Credit – Poster of Joker)

The ratings of movies have a lot of influence on the box office, and we can clearly see that in the collections of Rated R movies. Due to age restrictions, such films do not bring in a hefty amount of money. However, it was Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker who proved that a billion-dollar movie is possible, even if it’s R-rated. Keep reading to find out more!

For those who don’t know, here at Box Office Rewind we take a look at some special box office achievements and milestones worth remembering. In today’s piece, we take a look at the Joaquin Phoenix starrer’s overwhelming success at the worldwide box office.

Joker, released in 2019, was led by Todd Phillips, the man behind the cult Hangover series. Given the genre of the films Phillips made, there were doubts that he would be able to tell the story of one of modern cinema’s darkest characters. However, when the actual result was known, everyone was stunned.

Upon release, Joker garnered unanimously positive response and it even translated to box office numbers as it grossed a whopping $1.074 billionbecoming the first and only Rated R movie to reach the $1 billion mark in history.

interesting, joker had a budget of just $55 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Which means the movie made a whopping 19 times its cost. Isn’t it great?

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