Robert Pattinson’s moody superhero adventure “The Batman” wins at the box office again.
Warner Bros. Movies. earned $66 million from 4,417 North American theaters in its second weekend of release, pushing its domestic tally to $238.5 million. After just 10 days on the big screen, “The Batman” ranks as the highest-grossing film of 2022, as well as the second highest-grossing film since the start of COVID-19. Only “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which has grossed $792 million in North America, has made more money at the domestic box office in the past two years.
Ticket sales for “The Batman” are down 51% from its $134 million debut, better than most comic books – pandemic or not. Recent COVID-era releases, such as “The Suicide Squad,” “Eternals,” “Black Widow” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and turning red plummeted from 53% to 71% in the second show they. And other DC adaptations, including “Justice League,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Wonder Woman,” are down between 43% and 69% after their premiere weekend.
At the international box office, “The Batman” earned $66.6 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its global total to $463.2 million.
Positive reviews and strong word of mouth have sent audiences back to “The Batman,” which stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as the Riddler. Directed by Matt Reeves, PG-13 “The Batman” – spanning three grueling hours – takes a sharp look at Bruce Wayne’s early days as “the world’s greatest detective.”
The $200 million budgeted “The Batman” has become a much-needed commercial success for Warner Bros. After releasing all of the 2021 films simultaneously on HBO Max, “The Batman” is the studio’s first exclusive theatrical release in more than 12 months. Going forward, Warner Bros. has announced plans to hit theaters 45 days before releasing its new title on HBO Max.
Without a new national release, “The Batman” had no trouble soaring atop the domestic charts. In a distant second, Tom Holland’s video game adaptation “Uncharted” grossed $9.2 million from 3,725 North American spots. After four weeks of release, the PG-13 action-adventure has grossed $113 million. “Uncharted” has also been popular internationally, adding $11.2 million over the weekend and bringing the overseas total to $187.9 million. With $301 million globally, “Uncharted” continues Sony’s box office record after “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
A live-stream of the “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul” concert took third place, earning $7 million from 803 theaters. Such turnout is essentially blockbuster status for a “live watch” event, mainly because it plays in less than 1,000 locations. In a rare, one-night-only engagement, HYBE and Trafalgar Releasing also brought the concert — held in South Korea — to theaters around the world. At the worldwide box office, the film grossed $32.6 million from 75 theater markets.
at No. 4, Channing Tatum’s PG-13 dog adventure “The Dog” earned $5.3 million from 3,407 spots. The receipts brought the film’s domestic tally to $47.8 million. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” finished the weekend in fifth place, earning $4.07 million from 2,702 screens. Comic book giant Sony has managed to stay in the top five since its debut, which is impressive since the film opened in theaters 13 weeks ago.
Until Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s romantic comedy “The Lost City” hits the big screens on March 25, “The Batman” will have free control over movie theaters. Although attendance and ticket sales have struggled to recover, Hollywood is hoping that several upcoming releases, such as “Morbius,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” will help box office earnings inches closer to pre-season. the height of the pandemic
“If screenings hit a -20% drop from 2019 levels before the end of the year, that would be a very good result,” said David A. Gross, who runs film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research.