‘Joker,’ a 2019 American psychological thriller film, has been adjudged the most successful R-rated movie in history.

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According to Box Office Mojo the movie has now earned a global tally totaling nearly $850 million — and that’s enough to make it the highest-earning R-rated film in the world, although there are expectations it could hit $1 billion.

It eclipsed the record set by ‘Deadpool’ which made $783 million globally when it came out in 2016.

In honor of the film surpassing ‘Deadpool’ at the box office, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to respond with an appropriate image.

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He shared the following congratulatory picture below:

‘Joker’ also shrugged off stiff competition from Disney’s ‘Maleficent’, ‘Mistress of Evil’, to top the weekend box office.

Both movies have been jostling for the top spot on the charts, until Sunday’s ranking which showed ‘Joker’ topping the chart with $18.9 ticket sales ahead of Maleficent’s $18.5 million.

Produced and distributed by Warner Bros, ‘Joker’ was directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver.

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Set in Gotham City way back in 1981, the story of the Batman’s super-villain starts out as the rather simple tale of a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and creating chaos after his society disregarded him.

Although ‘Joker’ seems to draw its inspiration from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic graphic novel ‘Batman: The Killing Joke Batman’, there is no sighting of the legendary Batman in the teaser trailer.

Below is a ranking of the top movies on the weekend box office charts:

  • Joker — $18.9 million
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $18.5 million
  • The Addams Family — $11.7 million
  • Zombieland 2: Double Tap — $11.6 million
  • Countdown— $9 million
  • Black and Blue—$8.3 million
  • Gemini Man — $4 million
  • The Lighthouse—$3 million
  • The Current War: Director’s Cut—$2.7 million
  • Abominable — $2 million

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