Todd Phillips' drama about the birth of the iconic DC villain – portrayed by a brilliant Joaquin Phoenix – owed a lot to the cinema of Martin Scorsese, and became the first R-rated film to collect over a billion dollars worldwide.
Cillian Murphy finally took centre stage in a Christopher Nolan film, donning the hat of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Father of the Atomic Bomb. An unlikely candidate for such numbers, the prestige drama collected $955.2 million worldwide, and is yet to leave theatres.
David Leitch helmed the sequel to 2016's Deadpool, and the red-suited, foul-mouthed superhero (played by Ryan Reynolds) continued to be loved, with the film collecting $786.3 million.
Riding on the wave of superhero films came Tim Miller's Deadpool, long in developmental hell. It was a one-of-its-kind phenomenon, geared towards older audiences and decidedly less spectacle-heavy, and it still made almost $782 million.
The sequel to The Wachowskis' The Matrix (1999), compared to which it was considered an inferior film, The Matrix Reloaded nevertheless scored $738.5 million worldwide.
The first part of Andy Muschietti's duology adapted from Stephen King's novel, It was by and large a no-name film, but its commitment to the source material and to the genre contributed to its overwhelming $701 million haul.
The third installment of the Detective Chinatown series by Chen Sicheng, the film was especially significant for raking in all of its $699 million haul from a total of four territories: China, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong
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