“The Batman” is still going strong after three weeks into its theatrical run, with a firm hold on the top spot at the box office.
Robert Pattinson’s debut as the Dark Knight earned an additional $36.8 million this weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It also slipped past the $300 million mark ahead of the projections.
The Warner Bros. movie. is the highest-grossing film of 2022 and the second highest since the start of the pandemic (first place goes to “Spider-Man: No Way Home”).
Directed by Matt Reeves, “The Batman” also raised $49.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing the worldwide total to $598.1 million. The only place “The Batman” seems to stumble is in China, where it made $12.1 million in its first weekend. But about 43% of cinemas in China have closed due to the pandemic, and “The Batman” still fared slightly better than “Unchartered” which also opened there this weekend for $10.3 million.
“The Batman” cost an estimated $200 million to make, not to mention the many millions spent on marketing. But it’s already a win for Warner Bros., which took a box office hit in 2021 because all of its movies were released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
It also helps that the competition in the market has been small. The main competitor this weekend was the anime “Jujutsu Kaisen 0”, which was released by Crunchyroll and Funimation, grossing an estimated $17.7 million in its first weekend in North America, where it played on 2,748 screens. The Japanese film is based on a best-selling manga and can be dubbed or watched with subtitles.
“Fans have made this film a huge hit this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “It shows how passionate fans of anime are and how beautiful these movies are when presented on the big screen.”
The horror movie “X” also debuted on 2,865 screens this weekend and is expected to gross about $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.
Focus Features launched the crime drama “The Outfit”, starring Mark Rylance in 1,324 locations. It brought in an estimated $1.5 million. And outside of the top 10, Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions had “Alice,” the Sundance breakout about an enslaved woman transported to 1973, making $176,120 from 170 locations.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.
1. “The Batman,” $36.8 Million.
2. “Jujutsu Kaisen O,” $17.7 million.
3. “Uncharted”, $8 million.
4. “X”, $4.4 million.
5. “Dog”, $4.1 million.
6. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $3.2 million.
7. “Death on the Nile,” $1.7 million.
8. “The Outfit,” $1.5 million.
9. “The Kashmir Files,” $1.5 million.
10. “Sing 2”, $1.5 million.
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