– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Todd Phillips’ Joker had a heck of a weekend at the Venice Film Festival, with it managing to take home the main Golden Lion prize. This is a huge deal for comic book movies, and can be the first of many steps bringing just that much more credibility to the medium as a whole — which is long overdue.

In addition to the top prize, early reviews have largely been positive…but will this actually equate to big box office bucks? That is the $10 million question, and it was quite the gamble for Phillips to take. After all, his hope was that using a superhero character would allow studios to take risks on more internal films…but is it possible?

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Box Office Pro has some updated projections for the film. Based on the critical reviews, the online chatter, and their separate metrics, they have pegged the film as a $103 million-opener. With all these different factors combined, they see this as a potential “water cooler” movie that will attract interest from different demographics, similar to how IT blew all expectations out of the water a couple of years back.

What do you think of these numbers? Can a serious, R-rated film like Joker actually take in that much? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Pro

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.