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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker becomes first R-rated film to cross $1 billion worldwide

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Comic book movie Joker has crossed $1 billion (Rs 71635 million) in global ticket sales on Friday. It is now the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to hit the milestone.

A Forbes report said the ‘$62.5 million-budgeted DC Films movie crossed the $1 billion mark in raw global grosses’. It further said Joker is also the biggest grossing movie ever (in raw unadjusted grosses) to never play in China.

Joker, a dark origin story from Warner Bros. about Batman’s arch nemesis, had sold $999.1 billion as of Thursday despite not having been screened in China, which is projected to become the world’s largest movie market next year.

Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker.

As per Hollywood Reporter, Joker is the fourth DC title to cross $1 billion, after Aquaman ($1.15 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion), without any adjustments for inflation.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally-ill loner who finds fame through a random act of violence, the movie earned warm reviews as it opened in early October but stoked controversy in the United States over fears it would encourage violence.

Box office analyst Gitesh Pandya earlier said Joker would top the $1 billion level on Friday. “Absolutely jaw-dropping achievement for an R-rated film with a moderate budget and no China release,” Pandya, founder and editor of Box Office Guru, wrote on Twitter.

Its nearest R-rated rivals are 2018 movie Deadpool 2 ($785 million) and 2016’s Deadpool ($783 million), both from Disney, starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed superhero. Thanks to a modest production budget estimated at about $60 million, Joker is also the most profitable comic book movie ever, according to Forbes.com, due largely to the film’s focus on character rather than special effects and action scenes.

Joker is now the 7th biggest Hollywood movie at the 2019 box office, behind action-packed blockbuster Avengers: Endgame at $2.8 billion and family movie The Lion King at $1.6 billion, both from Walt Disney.

The movie is expected to land nominations in the upcoming Hollywood awards season and has inspired fans to visit the spot in New York’s Bronx district where Phoenix’s character transforms into the Joker, his face painted like a clown and with green hair, and dances triumphantly down a set of steep steps.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sister dies at 26 after 8-year battle with cancer: reports

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sister, Syama Tamshi Siddiqui, has died at the age of 26 after battling with cancer for eight years. According to reports, she died at a hospital in Pune.

According to Amar Ujala, the news of Syama’s death was confirmed by the actor’s brother Ayazuddin Siddiqui. He also told the channel that Nawazuddin was in the USA when Syama breathed her last. Her funeral will take place at the actor’s ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh, Budhana, where the entire family is present. The funeral is expected to take place on Sunday.

In a social media post last year, Nawazuddin had revealed that Syama was diagnosed with cancer when she was 18. “My sister ws diagnosed of advanced stage #breastcancer @ 18 bt it ws her will power & courage dat made her stand agnst all d odds she turns 25 2day & still fighting M thankful 2 [email protected] & @Lalehbusheri13 fr motivating her & m rly grateful 2 @resulpSir fr introducng me 2 dem,” he had written.

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Ajay Devgn confirms Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal FIVE: ‘Prepare yourself for yet another laugh riot’

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Filmmaker Rohit Shetty and actor Ajay Devgn will be adding another chapter to the Golmaal series by reuniting for fifth installment of the franchise. They have confirmed their return for fifth part, which has been titled Golmaal FIVE.

“Rohit and I have discussed and are committed to doing our next installment of Golmaal. The franchise is not only the longest-running one in Hindi cinema, it also happens to be one of my favourites because like we said in one of our earliest films in this series, it’s fun unlimited,” Ajay said.

The script of Golmaal FIVE is already locked and Rohit will start shooting for it after he completes his production ventures. Produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Reliance Entertainment, Golmaal FIVE will be directed by Rohit.

As per Rohit, he will be busy producing films after Sooryavanshi, a project with Farah Khan and also with his assistant directors who are ready to be launched as directors under his own production house.

Rohit came out with Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, starring Ajay, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor and Paresh Rawal, on July 14, 2006. It revolved around the lives of a group of friends, and was full of comedy, action, drama and fun.

The universe of Golmaal expanded with Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 and Golmaal Again. Names like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade, Tabu and Parineeti Chopra are associated with it.

Rohit and Ajay have collaborated on 10 films in the past and are excited about getting together with Golmaal FIVE.

At the moment, Rohit is busy shooting for his cop universe film Sooryavanshi, which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. It is slated to release on March 27, 2020.

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Virat Kohli’s adorable post for wife Anushka Sharma: ‘Walking together in the journey of life with nothing but love’

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Anushka Sharma is currently spending quality time with cricketer husband Virat Kohli in Mumbai after she came to receive him at the Mumbai airport upon his return from Kolkata. Virat has now shared a throwback picture with Anushka from their Bhutan vacation a few weeks ago.

Virat posted the picture on his Instagram handle and captioned it, “Walking together in the journey of life with nothing But [email protected]” The two can be seen on a mountain trek. Anushka is seen walking ahead of Virat as they are surrounded by natural beauty.

The picture got over 3 lakh ‘likes’ within a few minutes. A fan hailed the couple for setting “couple goals” whereas another wrote, ”Cute couple Virushka”. One more fan wrote, “You are so close to nature @anushkasharma @virat.kohli.” Another candid comment read, “Wo sab to thik he sirf outside off stump wala line sambhal lena bhaiya.”

Anushka and Virat were recently spotted at the Mumbai airport where the former welcomed the Team India captain with a warm hug. An excited Anushka waited for him in the car and hugged him the moment they met.

Anushka Sharma welcomed Virat Kohli with a warm hug.

Virat had celebrated his birthday with Anushka in Bhutan. They shared several pictures of their time amid the nature, bonding with the locals, visited monasteries and playing with calves.

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Anushka had also shared a touching note on Instagram to wish Virat on his birthday. She wrote, “This one is my blessing . My friend , My confidante , My one true love . I hope you find the light guiding your path always and may you choose to do the right thing every time . Your compassion is what makes you a good leader and i pray that you always have that in abundance . Happy Birthday my love.”

Anushka was last seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Aanand L Rai’s Zero. She has reportedly been signed for Seven — the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Satte Pe Satta. It will be directed by Farah Khan and co-produced by Rohit Shetty.

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