February 20, 2020
No foolin’: ‘Joker’ smashes October Box Office record
HOLLYWOOD - Warner Bros.’ “Joker” laughed its way to a new record at the box office.

Despite mounting controversy and security concerns, the R-rated comic-book movie brought in $93.5 million over the weekend and now stands as the biggest October launch of all time.

“Joker” has been the subject of scrutiny in weeks leading up to its release over fears that the disturbing origin story of Batman’s infamous foe could inspire violence. However, those anxieties didn’t deter moviegoers from turning out en masse to see what all the fuss was about.

“Joker” has inspired waves of headlines over apprehensions that its depiction of a mentally ill assassin could incite violence, prompting movie theaters across the country to take extra security precautions. New York and Los Angeles police increased their presence around multiplexes, and exhibition owners outlawed costumes and face masks in some venues.

Last week’s box office champion, Universal’s “Abominable,” slid to second place.

In third, “Downton Abbey” boosted its North American ticket sales to a strong $73 million. STX’s “Hustlers” followed after four weeks in theaters. The Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu-led film has generated $91.3 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five is “It: Chapter Two,” the seventh 2019 movie to hit the $200 million milestone.
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