Todd Phillips’ Joker is on track for a massive opening if the latest projections are accurate.
According to Box Office Pro, Joker is now looking at an opening weekend of $85 million to $105 million, with $103 million dollars being the actual forecast. This is a significant increase from the first long-range projections which had it in the $60 million to $90 million range. These new numbers do take in to account the early reviews, but do not include the Golden Lion award Joker won on Saturday.
While a healthy weekend is predicted, there also looks to be a fairly quick drop off for the film. The total domestic box office total is currently projected for $210 million, which is also an increase over the early projections of $175 million. With a budget of $55 million, $210 million domestic would be a great result, and we’ll have to wait to see what the foreign box office numbers are.
Under normal circumstances, this would almost guarantee a sequel, but this isn’t exactly a normal film. Phillips has said he’s open to the idea of a Joker sequel, telling Total Film, “There’s nobody like [Joaquin Phoenix]. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, ‘You know what? If you guys could think of something…’ Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool.”
Could the Joker support his own series of films? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
Joker hits theaters on Oct. 4.
SOURCE: Box Office Pro