The Batman Has Strong Opening

Latest chapter still lags ' Spider-Man: No Way Home'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 6, 2022 12:45 PM CST
The Batman Opens Strong Without Russia
Zoe Kravitz, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from "The Batman."   (Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Batman has his fair share of pressures, from saving Gotham to saving movie theaters. And while they're both still decidedly works in progress, The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, managed to give a little glimmer of hope to both by grossing $128.5 million in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest relaunch of the 80-year-old comic book character is well above Warner Bros.' conservative estimates going into the weekend, which had the film pegged for a debut in the $90 million range. It's the best opening of 2022 and the second best of the pandemic, the AP reports, though it's more than $100 million shy of Spider-Man: No Way Home’s still unbelievable $260 million opening weekend in December.

The Batman opened this weekend exclusively in theaters in 4,217 locations on over 12,500 screens in North America. By the close of Friday, The Batman had already grossed $57 million. Reviews have been largely positive, and no other major studios dared compete with their own new films. The Batman, which cost around $200 million to produce, had the fourth biggest opening for a Batman movie in North America. Internationally, The Batman earned $120 million, bringing its global total to $248.5 million. Warner Bros. halted its release in Russia following the country's invasion of Ukraine, saying that the company would monitor the situation as it evolves. Many major studios made similar decisions with their films.

Final domestic figures will be released Monday, but here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore:

  1. The Batman, $128.5 million.
  2. Uncharted, $11 million.
  3. Dog, $6 million.
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $4.4 million.
  5. Death on the Nile, $2.7 million.
  6. Sing 2, $1.5 million.
  7. Jackass Forever, $1.4 million.
  8. Cyrano, $682,607.
  9. Scream, $570,000.
  10. Marry Me, $530,000.
(Read more box office stories.)

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