Daily Mail 
October 7, 2019
He’s laughing all the way to the bank.
Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, snatched a stunning $93.5 million at the weekend box office, setting a new October record and slaying all comers.
Warner Bros.’ R-rated movie, that offers a dark spin on the classic Batman villain, easily beat the previous October record-holder, Spider-Man spinoff Venom, which opened to $80 million last year.
And it did even better around the world, snagging $140.5 million for a global haul of $234 million.
Fears about about Joker’s violent themes caused many theater chains to ban costumes and authorities in numerous cities stepped up police patrols around theaters, according to Variety .
But security concerns certainly did not put off audiences.
Joker beat industry and studio expectations, easily recouping its $55 million production budget, Box Office Mojo  reported.
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The more family friendly Abominable landed in second with $12 million, way below the blockbuster.
The DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s title has earned $37.8 million in North America after 10 days days on release and $38.5 million elsewhere, bringing its global take to $76.3 million.
The story of a magical yeti trying to return to his family stars the voice talents of Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson and Chloe Bennet.
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