Box Office: “Joker” Heads For October Record Opening

Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker."

Joker is dominating the box office. 

The Joaquin Phoenix-led feature is heading for a record breaking $90 million opening weekend according to estimates.

Joker earned an impressive $13.3 million on Thursday night in North America. Per Variety, it’s the biggest preview number since The Lion King pulled in $23 million in July.

“Weeks of speculation as to Joker’s opening weekend performance and its status as one of the most talked about movies of the year have made the acclaimed (and controversial) film a must-see cinematic event,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. 

The R rated film is directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Silver. Playing the titular psychopathic criminal is Phoenix. Also starring are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, and Marc Maron.