Months ahead of it’s release in theaters (October 4th), the upcoming Joker origin story is getting massive praise by directors of various film festivals who have gotten a chance to view it. However, official reviews for the film will begin to pour in later this month when the film makes it’s world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (Set to go from Wednesday, August 28, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019).
Despite this, the early praise, in addition to the film’s first trailer leaving a strong impression on audiences, is looking set to pay off quite literally for the film. Early box office predictions are tracking the film to make $77 million in it’s opening weekend. If this is true, and it holds, Joker will the most successful opening of any of recent DCEU films. Aquaman opened last year with $67.8 million while Shazam! opened earlier this year with $53.5 million. It should also be noted that while Aquaman was made for an estimated $200 million and Shazam! was made for an estimated $100 million, Joker has only been made for an estimated $55 million. This means Joker stands a chance of becoming a more immediate success in it’s opening weekend.
The film also will serve as a make or break for Warner Bros. as Joker will attempt to launch the DC Label, a series of DC-based films that will be separate from the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). If it succeeds, this will allow Warner Bros. to try more experimental one-offs as Joker is clearly attempting to be. As shown with Aquaman and Shazam!, which are less connected than the initial DCEU projects, the results have been more positive.
Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy. It is directed by Todd Phillips (Who co-wrote the script with Scott Silver).