The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the latest incarnation of the title Caped Crusader, premiered in theatres across the United States on March 4th, 2022. This weekend, The Batman is on track to break the $300 million mark, matching the record set by Spider-Man: No Way Home’s spectacular box office run.
The film also stars Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Paul Dano as The Riddler, and recasts several of Gotham’s most well-known characters. The Batman had a fantastic opening weekend, grossing $134 million in its first weekend.
This sum is so large that it made more in one day than Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins did over the course of its entire opening weekend. With few other March tentpoles to contend with, the film has maintained its strong performance and hasn’t lost any of its shine in the weeks after its debut. In fact, the international box office for The Batman has already surpassed half a billion dollars.
The Batman is expected to earn a another $39 million in the domestic market this weekend, according to Variety. For the third week in a row, it will be the top-grossing film of the weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $300 million by Monday. When it reaches that milestone, it will be the only picture in the pandemic era to do so, except from Spider-Man: No Way Home, which defied the odds to become the third highest-grossing domestic film of all time.
In comparison, none of the other films in the top 5 of 2021 came close to breaking the $300 million barrier. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($224.5 million), Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($212.6 million), Black Widow ($183.6 million), and F9: The Fast Saga ($173 million) were the films that came in behind Spider-Man in order. In just three weeks, The Batman will have grossed more money in the United States than both No Time to Die and Free Guy combined.
After James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in August 2021, The Batman is only the second DC picture to be released theatrically in the epidemic period. It remains to be seen whether other films in the DC universe, like as the upcoming Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, will be able to match this massive box office haul. When the box office figures for those films are released, it will be clear if viewers are warming back up to DC pictures in general or if The Batman has a special appeal that let it soar to new heights.
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