The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, will undoubtedly be the second-best domestic opening of the epidemic era, trailing only Spider-Man: No Route Home. The latter launched to an incredible $260.1 million in mid-December on its way to a worldwide box office total of more than $1.85 billion.
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, opened to a massive $57 million on Friday, with a predicted opening weekend of more than $120 million. Following a poor January and February in terms of Hollywood tentpoles, the release of the Warner Bros. and DC tentpole couldn’t have come at a better time for cinema owners.
Given that it covers nearly three hours and is significantly darker than No Way Home, the Batman’s premiere appears to be a resounding success. The PG-13 picture, which was powered by males aged 18 to 34, is a rogues’ gallery of Batman characters that focuses on Bruce Wayne’s early days of combating crime.
The Riddler, a serial killer hunted by Batman, is played by Paul Dano, while Catwoman is played by Zoe Kravitz, and the Penguin is played by Colin Farrell. The Batman made $21.6 million in Thursday previews and fan screenings in Imax cinemas on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Friday’s total.
The $200 million tentpole, like other superhero films, is doing well on Imax and other premium, large-format screens. The Batman was favorably welcomed by critics and moviegoers, earning an A- CinemaScore and good PostTrack exit scores.
AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest exhibitor, is using the film as an opportunity to test variable pricing in the United States, charging anywhere from $1 to $1.50 more for a ticket. The film’s ability to surpass $120 million in its domestic opening and continue the box office comeback will be determined by positive word-of-mouth.