People love comparing Warner Bros. Pictures’ comic book movies to Marvel Studios’. There constantly seems to be a Marvel vs DC Comics war out there, and I’m about to just add fuel to this fire by revealing that Todd Phillips’ Joker movie is on course to become just as profitable as Avengers: Infinity War.
At first glance, you might think, “But wait. Didn’t Infinity War make like over $2 billion worldwide.” Yes, you’d be right, but you also have to factor in how much it cost to make that movie compared to Joker, and then things start to make a lot more sense.
Avengers: Infinity War has a huge budget of £300 million, and then you have to add on the amount of money Marvel and Disney had to fork out to market the movie, which is significantly larger than what Warner Bros. Pictures spent on marketing.
So, yes. Avengers: Infinity War made over $2 billion at the box office, but the film’s total net profits aren’t anywhere close to that amount.
On the other hand, Joker only cost Warner Bros. Pictures $60 million, and they spent a lot less on marketing, and the film is still in cinemas and is continuing to perform well at the box office.
As of writing this article, the film has made $745 million at the box office, and that number is climbing fast.
Joker could really out-perform Avengers: Infinity War
It’s also very likely that Joker will soon replace Deadpool as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, which would be just another feather in Joker’s bow.
Joker’s success is made even more impressive by the fact that Warner Bros. Pictures didn’t want to make the film in the first place.
It also looks like Joaquin Phoenix is going to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Arthur Fleck in the movie, which is another reason for Warner Bros. Pictures to celebrate the fact that this movie was made despite their best efforts to make sure it wasn’t.
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