The Batman is now in movie theaters, but is it a success or a flop? How is it performing at the box office so far and how is it expected to perform this opening weekend?
Warner Bros. is no stranger to big time box office success, particularly when it comes to DC Comics-based films. However, in recent years, a number of missteps when setting up the DC Extended Universe has resulted in quite a few underperformers (which weren’t helped by poor critic and fan responses).
The movie expected to turn the critical and commercial tide for them is The Batman. Another reboot for the iconic Caped Crusader completely set apart from the DCEU, it stars Robert Pattinson in the lead role and sees his Batman face off against Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), The Penguin (Colin Farrell) and the big bad of the movie The Riddler (Paul Dano).
Reviews out of the gate have been highly positive, as has fan response, with there being a major consensus that Matt Reeves has successfully revived the franchise and that Robert Pattinson is a worthy successor to the legendary role. But how is the movie doing at the box office?
The Batman box office performance (so far)
Sunday update: The Batman has now debuted with a stunning $128.5 million domestic opening weekend, making it the second-best pandemic opener behind Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Having grossed $55 million on Friday, it went on to make $43.2 million on Saturday, with expectations now suggesting it could ultimately make over $130 million by the time the weekend is over.
Its global takings for the opening weekend are at a stunning $248.5M.
Original article: As of the evening on Friday, March 4, The Batman has grossed $21.6 million domestically, with all of that coming from previews. According to Deadline, the film is on track to have the second-best opening of the pandemic (behind Spider-Man: No Way Home) with projections suggesting it will bring in between $100 – $140 million over the opening weekend.
Internationally, it has already brought in $5.3 million from previews, and it is again expected to perform exponentially over the weekend, meaning The Batman is destined for box office success.
We’ll have to wait and see what the weekend has in store for it.
*This article will be updated throughout the weekend as more box office figures for The Batman emerge
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