Love it or hate it (and people tend to fall into one of those two camps), “Joker” made a lot of money for Warner Bros. in 2019 and into 2020, grossing more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and according to a new report, becoming the most-purchased home entertainment title in the UK in all of last year.
According to Variety, WB’s “Joker” is the biggest selling home entertainment title in the UK in 2020, when you take into account digital purchases, Blu-ray and DVD, electronic sale-through, and VOD. All told, “Joker” sold more than 1.4 million copies across all post-cinema avenues, topping the list and beating massive titles like “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
Again, opinion on Todd Phillips’ “Joker” ranges from people calling it the greatest comic book film of all time to those thinking it’s the scourge of the medium. Regardless, it’s impressive to think that an R-rated, very adult comic book movie can topple some of the biggest releases from Disney. And when you take into consideration the fact that last year saw more people staying home than ever before, it’s not like there weren’t options and the time for folks to choose other titles.
Of course, it has to be said that these numbers don’t mean that “Joker” is somehow the biggest film of 2020 or the most-watched home release of the year. Sales figures don’t take into consideration films that were released via Netflix or other streamers. And if we are to believe the numbers released by Netflix, then we can assume that at least one of those films topped 1.4 million views.
Alas, these are the numbers we have to go by, and more than a year after its release, “Joker” is still making waves for Warner Bros.
Here are the top 5 films in the list, including “Joker”:
Official Video Chart 2020
(All Digital Retail; Blu-ray and DVD, EST and VOD)
- “Frozen 2”
- “Jumanji: The Next Level”
- “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”