Oct 6, 2019

"Joker" rakes in $93.5 million on opening weekend despite security concerns

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Warner Bros.' "Joker" topped the October opening-weekend box office record, bringing in $93.5 million despite security concerns over the film's violent themes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: The film received stellar praise during its film festival debuts but sparked a backlash from some critics over whether its portrayal of the Batman series' villain — an outcast with a neurological deficit who becomes a mass murderer — could inspire violence. Most notably, families of the victims of the 2012 shooting at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado — another Batman film — penned a letter to the studio citing concerns about the film.

  • "Joker" will not be shown at the Aurora theater. Movie theaters throughout the nation have heightened their security measures, with the New York Police Department deploying undercover officers at screenings in the city.
  • The FBI also said it was monitoring online activity in response to the film and has encouraged citizens "to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement,” according to a spokesperson.

What they're saying: "Neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind," Warner Bros. wrote in a statement obtained by WSJ.

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2020's newest swing voters: Zoom moms

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She can't be a soccer mom because soccer's canceled. She's not a conventional security mom since America's biggest threat is now measured in microns. In an election year defined by the coronavirus, the new voter to watch is the Zoom mom.

Why it matters: The presidency may hinge on the women's vote — how many white, suburban women who backed President Trump in 2016 will abandon him now, and how many women of color who stayed home four years ago will turn out for Joe Biden.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 5,118,416 — Total deaths: 333,212 — Total recoveries — 1,960,223Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 1,577,758 — Total deaths: 94,729 — Total recoveries: 298,418 — Total tested: 13,056,206Map.
  3. Federal government: McConnell tells Trump next coronavirus bill must be under $1 trillion — Trump says "we're not closing our country" for a second wave.
  4. Public health: Fauci on Moderna vaccine: "I'm cautiously optimistic" — CDC is conflating diagnostic and antibody tests.
  5. World: Americans divided over how the U.S. response stacks up — U.S.-made ventilators arrive in Russia as part of a $5.6 million package.
  6. Media: No media publisher is immune.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Scoop: Prince Charles leads global meeting on climate change and economy

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Dozens of the world’s leaders in business, finance and politics are planning to convene June 3 to discuss how the global economy can be “reset”— with climate change a defining theme — as nations recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: The online event will be hosted by His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, and Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.