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.

World War Two naval drama Midway was second this weekend, taking $8.8m (£6.8m).

The billionaire club 2019

  1. Avengers: Endgame – $2.79bn
  2. The Lion King – $1.65bn
  3. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $1.13bn
  4. Captain Marvel – $1.09m
  5. Toy Story 4 – $1.07bn
  6. Aladdin – $1.05bn
  7. Joker – $1bn (so far)

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