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'Joker' Becomes The Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Ever

'Joker' -- starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character -- has officially nabbed the title of most profitable comic book movie of all time.

Surpassing its predecessor 'The Mask', the Todd Phillips directed film was confirmed to have grossed more than a $US 304.2 million in North America, and a whopping $US 957 million worldwide -- and the film hasn’t even finished its theatrical run.

It comes after the highly anticipated flick was tipped to match 'Avengers: Infinity War’s overall profit, as well as having the biggest opening weekend for a film in October, quickly surpassing Deadpool to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

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Given the huge success of the film -- which follows failed comedian Arthur Fleck as he begins a slow descent into madness, transforming into the Joker -- Phoenix admitted he had discussed potential sequels with director Phillips before 'Joker' had even been released.

"Long before the release or before we had any idea if it would be successful, we talked about sequels," he explained.

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in Warner Bros. new psychological thriller. Source: Warner Bros.

"In the second week or third week of shooting, I was like 'Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There's way too much to explore.' It was kind of in jest -- but not really.

He continued, "I basically said, 'You could take this character and put him in any movie.'"

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Meanwhile, Phillips himself has said that he would be up for making a sequel if there were a "compelling creative reason".

"We haven't talked about it a ton," Phillips said. "We've only talked about the fact that if we ever did one -- and I'm not saying we are because right now we're not -- it couldn't just be this wild and crazy movie about the 'Clown Prince of Crime'.

"That just doesn't interest us. It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way that this does."

Image: Warner Bros.