Joker becomes first R-rated film to make $1bn at global box office

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Joaquin Phoenix plays the title character in Joker

Comic book film Joker passed the $1bn (£772m) mark in global ticket sales this weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.

A US R rating requires everyone under the age of 17 watching the film in a cinema to be accompanied by an adult.

Joker is currently number seven on this weekend’s US box office chart, with Le Mans film Ford v Ferrari topping the chart with takings of $31m (£24m).

The latest Charlie’s Angels movie could only manage to open in third spot.

The reboot, which stars Kristen Stewart and UK actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, took $8.6m (£6.6m) between Friday and Sunday.

It has now reached $1bn despite not being released in China, where overseas releases with too much sex or violence can be blocked.

Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018’s Deadpool 2 ($785m) and its 2016 predecessor Deadpool ($783m), both starring Ryan Reynolds.

Gitesh Pandya, founder and editor of Box Office Guru, described it as a “jaw-dropping achievement”.

Twitter post by @GiteshPandya: Today is the day that #Joker shatters the $1,000,000,000 mark at the global #boxoffice! Totals at the start of today were $317M domestic, $682.1M intl & $999.1M worldwide. Absolutely jaw-dropping achievement for an R-rated film with a moderate budget and no China release.

Director Todd Phillips made the movie on a budget of $62.5m (£49m), a fraction of the budget of many comic book adaptations.

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