“The Batman” is still going strong three weeks into its theatrical run, with a tight grip on the top spot at the box office.
Robert Pattinson’s debut as the Dark Knight earned an additional $36.8 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film also crossed the $300 million threshold ahead of projected projections.
The Warner Bros. film is the highest grossing movie of 2022 and the second highest since the beginning of the pandemic (first place goes to “Spider-Man: No Way Home”).
“The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, also picked up $49.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing its global total to $598.1 million. The only place “The Batman” seems to be stumbling is in China where it earned $12.1 million in its first weekend. But about 43% of cinemas in China are closed due to the pandemic and “The Batman” still did slightly better than “Unchartered” which also opened there this weekend to $10.3 million.
“The Batman” cost an estimated $200 million to make, not counting the many millions spent on marketing. It is already a success for Warner Bros. because it released all its movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters.
Also, there is very little marketplace competition. The biggest competitor this weekend was the anime “Jujutsu Kaisen 0,” which was released by Crunchyroll and Funimation, and took in an estimated $17.7 million in its first weekend in North America, where it was playing on 2,748 screens. This Japanese movie is based upon a popular manga. It can be viewed dubbed and subtitled.
The horror film “X” also debuted this weekend on 2,865 screens and is projected to gross around $4.4 million. Directed by Ti West and distributed by A24, “X” is about a group of people who are terrorized while shooting a pornographic film.
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