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Joker becomes highest-grossing R-rated film ever

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Joker. Picture by PA Photo/Warner Bros

THE film Joker has become the highest-grossing R-rated film ever.

The movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled man who turns into a killer clown, has now made more than $1 billion (£772 million) at the worldwide box office, 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.

The gritty comic book film about the origins of the crazed Batman villain has been regarded as one of the most talked about films of 2019 since its release.

Its popularity in the box office means it has now passed the 2018 film Deadpool 2 ($785m) and its 2016 predecessor Deadpool ($783m), both starring Ryan Reynolds, to become number one on the all-time list of R-rated blockbusters.

Actor Reynolds, who starred in Deadpool tweeted a message of "congratulations" to Joaquin Phoenix and those behind the movie.

Joker director Todd Phillips shared a short video celebrating the milestone and said: "Wow. What a ride this has been!! Thank you to the fans!"

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