Joker isn't just doing big numbers at the box office. 

According to Pornhub's metrics, there have been more than 740,000 searches for "joker" on the website in the four days since the movie hit theaters. The biggest day for the villain was Sunday. While this might be the day of rest for some people, others were exploring their fantasies as over 290,000 of the searches came on that day.

Pornhub's front office says that this activity is not exclusive to Joaquin Phoenix or the critically acclaimed film. Instead, it speaks more to the storyline of the overall arc of the DC Comic character. When Suicide Squad was released in 2016, adult websites were littered with searches for The Joker's girlfriend, Harley Quinn.

Aside from the traction it's gaining on Pornhub, Joker has generated a lot of attention from both critics and consumers.


On Wednesday night I attended the New York Film Festival and witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, the film that last month won the top prize as the Best Film of the Venice International Film Festival. It’s called “Joker” — and all we Americans have heard about this movie is that we should fear it and stay away from it. We’ve been told it’s violent and sick and morally corrupt. We’ve been told that police will be at every screening this weekend in case of “trouble.” Our country is in deep despair, our constitution is in shreds, a rogue maniac from Queens has access to the nuclear codes — but for some reason, it’s a movie we should be afraid of. I would suggest the opposite: The greater danger to society may be if you DON’T go see this movie. Because the story it tells and the issues it raises are so profound, so necessary, that if you look away from the genius of this work of art, you will miss the gift of the mirror it is offering us. Yes, there’s a disturbed clown in that mirror, but he’s not alone — we’re standing right there beside him. “Joker” is no comic book movie. The film is set somewhere in 1970s Gotham/New York City, the headquarters of all evil: the rich who rule us, the banks and corporations whom we serve, the media which feeds us a daily diet “news” they think we should absorb. But this movie is not about Trump. It’s about the America that gave us Trump — the America which feels no need to help the outcast, the destitute. The America where the filthy rich just get richer and filthier. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. and all who made this important movie for this important time. I loved this film’s multiple homages to Taxi Driver, Network, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon. How long has it been since we’ve seen a movie aspire to the level of Stanley Kubrick? Go see this film. Take your teens. Take your resolve.

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Per Deadline, the movie pulled in $13.3 million on its opening Thursday, (Oct. 3). This broke the previous October preview record which was held by 2018's Venom. 

There is also a lot of buzz surrounding Phoenix's portrayal of The Joker. Many critics feel as though Phoenix created such a polarizing character that his performance should be considered for an Oscar.