Despite controversy over its depiction of violence, 'Joker' earned close to $93.5 million in its opening box office weekend. It's the highest movie gross ever during the month of October. 'Joker' pulled in $234 million globally. Warning bulletins had been issued concerning the film by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Warner Bros., the film's distributor, responded to the controversy with a statement. Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero, Warner Bros., Statement, via CNN. Media analysts believe the controversy helped to make 'Joker' "a must see event."