Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Joker is Within Striking Distance

Not many expect cash registers to be terribly busy going ka-ching for Warner Bros' super-villain origin tale Joker – but they did and still do. 

Please insert joke about laughing all the way to the bank here! 

The Joaquin Phoenix-starring hit has been doing exceptionally well and as at November 04, 2019, it amassed an estimated $938,046,890 in global theatrical receipts. Impressive!

And the collections don’t include China because it hasn’t got a China release. In spite of it, Joker is already one of the biggest global grossers ever to not gross a dime from China! 

After only 32 days, the R-rated movie needs just under $62 million for it to reach the $1 billion mark – and it looks like it is within striking distance. 

And this is a very profitable film because its reported production budget is a paltry $62.5 million. 

Joker uses an iconic comic book villain, and turns it into a character study of a mentally-ill individual pushed to the brink by an unconcerned and uncaring society. And then the Arthur Fleck character joyfully embraces nihilism in order to escape from a world that he sees as brutal and cruel. 

Truly, I won't forget Joker anytime soon. I cannot. A forlorn figure trapped in a somber story that insists on submersing itself in moody melancholy and finally framed by a mournful movie that makes my emotions weep.

Liverpool welcomed European action back to Anfield on Tuesday when they played against KRC Genk in the Champions League Group E game – and not surprisingly, they won 2-1. 

As we had expected, the Reds started strongly and then they faded away. As we had anticipated, there were goal attempts aplenty – in fact, they fired off 28 shots – but they were awfully wasteful. As we are seeing with a worrying regularity, they made hard work of it – even if we ultimately prevailed and got the job done. 

The two Liverpool goals were contributed by Georginio Wijnaldum (14) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (53).

The Dutch midfielder stabbed into the roof of the net from close range after Genk’s centre back messed up when trying to clear James Milner's low cross. 

And Oxlade-Chamberlain was the match-winner when Mohamed Salah showed deft footwork to feed the former, who with his back to goal swiveled and fired low into the far corner. 

The Reds have more or less cemented their place in the last 16 of the competition. Still, Jurgen Klopp will hope his side do so as group winners, making for slightly easier ties next year when they hope to be challenging on multiple fronts.

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