The Batman is on track to gross $128.5 million in its opening weekend, after raking $57 million on Friday (including previews), $43 million on Saturday, and an additional predicted $28 million on Sunday. This is the top-grossing opening weekend of 2022, the highest of filmmaker Matt Reeves’ career, and Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing pandemic era premiere. This is the first time the studio has released a film exclusively in theaters. since 2020’s Tenet—W.B. was embroiled in controversy the following year after announcing that each picture on its 2021 slate would be released simultaneously on HBO’s Max streaming platform.
The Batman, which will be available on HBO Max 45 days after its theatrical premiere, grossed more in its first weekend than any other 2021 Warner Bros. picture did over its entire theatrical run. It’s worth noting that IMAX screenings contributed $15 million to the film’s opening weekend take.
After Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), Captain Marvel ($153.4 million), and The Hunger Games (with a realistic chance of increasing by tomorrow), The Batman has the fifth-highest opening weekend in March with $128.5 million, with a realistic chance of increasing by tomorrow. In contrast, it failed to live up to the opening weekend totals achieved by Christopher Nolan’s second and third Batman pictures, The Dark Knight (158 million) and The Dark Knight Rises (160 million). It also came in behind Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), but outperformed Todd Phillips’ similarly dense solo Joker film ($96 million).
Upon its release overseas, the film is expected to gross $110 million by the conclusion of its first weekend, pushing its global total to about $240 million. Additionally, it marks actor Robert Pattinson‘s defiant comeback to blockbuster filmmaking after his breakout performance in the Twilight films. He portrays a youthful Caped Crusader in the film, which draws inspiration from everything from 1970s New Hollywood films to Nirvana.
The Batman is expected to remain the top spot of the box office next weekend, and maybe for the following many weeks after that as well. At least until Sony swoops its long-awaited anti-hero picture Morbius into cinemas in April, which has been pushed back for years.
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