Since its release last week, Joker brought in a record-breaking $96 million dollars in North America on its opening weekend. This tops previous record holder, Venom, which made $80 million dollars last October. Moreover, it has one of the highest-ranked opening weekends for an R-rated film.
Joker has earned this R-rating, containing mature themes, violent images, and heavy scenes. With this R-rating comes mass controversy in the film. Many have described the film as being “too violent” or “disturbing”. The real controversy is the worries about violent acts being inspired by the film.