R-rated or Overrated


The Rise of Rated R Movies in the Box Office

Todd Phillips’ “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix becomes the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time earning nearly one billion dollars in the box office. However the question starts to arise whether if more money will come to the box office by simply making a movie 18 and up. Of the top five highest grossing R-rated movies, four of them have come out in the past three years. These movies were not given the type of love in the past as they are today, considering the only movie made before 2016 in the top five is “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003).

Granted, these movies still have no chance against PG-13 movies.The first R-rated movie on the top movie grossing list is at the 55th spot, while the first PG-13 movie holds the number one spot with the 2019 movie, “Avengers: Endgame”. I don’t see R-rated movies coming close to the amount of money other movies are making, but this rise in popularity in the past couple years should not be ignored. Ever since the 2016 release of  “Deadpool”, these 18 and up movies have been in the spotlight while Joker’s release shows no sign of this trend slowing down.