The $134 million ‘Batman’ movie debuted at the domestic box office

BatmanIt got a bigger opening weekend from Warner Bros., the studio behind the comic book adventure, which was initially anticipated.

The latest superhero epic, starring Robert Pattinson as the exceptionally moody Caped Crusader, raised $134 million in North American theaters over the weekend, above Sunday’s estimate of $128.5 million.

Those ticket sales are Best Opening of 2022plus only the second movie from the pandemic era to cross $100 million in one weekend After “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.

The reason behind the 4% increase in Monday’s bottom line is that The Batman movie did a better-than-expected blockbuster on Sunday, bringing in $34.1 million. That’s more than some pandemic-era releases have been able to monetize in all of their theatrical productions. The film made $57 million on Friday — including fan events from Tuesday and Wednesday — and added another $43.2 million on Saturday. Without much competition until Sony’s comic book adaptation “Mobius” hits theaters April 1, “The Batman” should continue to soar high above the domestic box office charts.

Internationally, The Batman movie took in $120 million from 74 overseas markets, bringing its global credit to $254 million.

Already, the $200 million “The Batman” movie is shaping up to be a commercial winner for Warner Bros. This is partly because “The Batman” marks a return to Warner Bros. theatrical exclusives. , which released a full 2021 roster simultaneously on HBO Max. Going forward, Warner Bros. About its plans to keep its films in cinemas for 45 days before launching new titles on HBO Max.

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The Batman movie also benefited because tickets at AMC Theaters and other major chains cost $1 to $2 more than other movies running at the same time. This move is surprising Breaking with the tradition of the industryis an effort by theater operators to make up for stagnant attendance levels as they try to make their way out of the debris associated with the pandemic.

“This is all very new in the US, but in fact, AMC has been doing it for years in our European theaters,” AMC CEO Adam Aaron said during the company’s latest earnings call. “In fact, in Europe, we charge a premium for the best seats in the house, as with all other ticket sellers in other industries – think sporting events, concerts and live theatre, for example.”

Directed by Matt Reeves, the PG-13 movie “The Batman”—a three-hour, taxing movie—takes a gritty look at Bruce Wayne’s past days as the “world’s greatest detective.” In his quest for justice, a young Dark Knight uncovers corruption in Gotham City as he hunts down a maniacal killer known as the Riddler (Paul Dano). The star-studded cast includes Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Batman butler Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the crime boss known as Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Police Chief James Gordon. The film was embraced by critics (it has a score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes), as well as audiences (it has a cinematic score of “A-“).

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