Fans lined up in droves to see The Batman, and it appears they are not done. The film, which is only in theaters, has proven that cinema is not dead by a long shot.
Robert Pattinson’s dark take on Batman grossed $128.5 million at the box office in its first weekend. With no new major releases scheduled for the weekend, Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” had an easy path to repeating its top performance at the domestic box office.
The DC adaptation earned an additional $18.7 million from 4,417 locations on Friday, more than enough to keep it at the top of the North American box office. That result represents a 67% drop from the film’s $57 million opening day, though that figure includes $21.6 million from Thursday preview screenings attended by eager fans. Looking only at last Friday’s figures, “The Batman” shows a much more encouraging 47% decline.
According to Variety, in comparison to other recent superhero releases, “The Batman” holds a little less sway. Disney’s “Eternals” dropped 63.2 % and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” dropped 53.4 % in their respective second Fridays, despite the fact that both of those films represented properties new to moviegoers, making them less likely to draw a front-loaded performance.
When compared to other Warner Bros. films starring the Caped Crusader, “The Batman” has a stronger hold than “The Dark Knight Rises” (a 77% drop) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (an 82% drop). “The Batman” surpassed box office expectations in its first weekend. Its ticket sales were the best of 2022 so far, and it became the second pandemic-era theatrical release, after “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” to cross the $100 million mark in its first weekend.
Though it will face some competition from Paramount’s “The Lost City” next weekend, “The Batman” is expected to continue to dominate the domestic box office until another superhero epic, Sony’s “Morbius,” premieres on April 1. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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