The Batman was expected to be a major hit when it dropped in American theaters this week. The iconic DC Comics character has been portrayed in a ton of movies over the years and never fails to draw an audience. It was status quo for the latest Caped Crusader outing.

Robert Pattinson’s dark take on Batman drew $128.5 million at the box office in its debut. That makes it the second-best opening weekend of the pandemic and the best of 2022 overall. Spider-Man: No Way Home hit $260 million upon its release.

Positive reviews and strong reception from audiences have led The Batman to insane heights. Warner Bros. shelled out $200 million to produce the ambitious film. It turns out it was a good investment. WB president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein told Variety about his thoughts on the big debut numbers.

“It’s fun to see the public really embrace the movie. Since the movie is three hours long, it became appointment viewing. That bodes well for its run on the big screen. It helps that the word of mouth is so strong.”

The Batman has generated more money for Warner Bros. than any of its other pandemic releases. The highest-grossing movie before that was “Godzilla vs Kong” which brought in $100 million, but was available to stream on HBO Max as well. The Dark Knight is the king of the box office.

Time will tell what a sequel to The Batman will look like. The wheels are likely already turning. Matt Reeves’ take on the character has been a huge success. There will surely be more to come.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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