Box Office: ‘The Batman’ Makes A Mark With $128.5 Million Opening Weekend
The Batman is headed for an opening weekend haul of $128.5 million, after $57 million on Friday (including previews), another $43 million on Saturday, and an estimated $28 million on Sunday. This is the highest opening weekend of 2022, the highest of director Matt Reeves’ career, and the highest pandemic era debut for Warner Bros. It’s the studio’s first theater-only release since 2020’s Tenet—W.B. spent the following year mired in controversy after announcing that it would release each film on its 2021 slate simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service.
The Batman, which will arrive on HBO Max 45 days after its release, has made more in its opening weekend than any 2021 W.B. film made in its entire theatrical run. It’s worth pointing out that $15 million of its opening weekend haul came from IMAX screenings.
Batman’s $128.5 million debut—which can realistically increase by tomorrow—is the fifth-highest for March, behind Beauty and the Beast ($174.7 million), Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), Captain Marvel ($153.4 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.5 million). By comparison, it fell short of the opening weekend totals posted by Christopher Nolan’s second and third Batman films—The Dark Knight (158 million) and The Dark Knight Rises (160 million). It also trails Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), but outperformed the similarly dense standalone Joker movie directed by Todd Phillips ($96 million).
Internationally, the picture is poised to make $110 million by the end of its first weekend, taking its worldwide total to around $240 million. It also marks star Robert Pattinson’s defiant return to blockbuster filmmaking after his career-launching turn in the Twilight movies. He plays a younger Caped Crusader in the film, inspired by everything from the New Hollywood movies of the 1970s to Nirvana.
Overall, the weekend delivered the goods, with total business up by 41% in comparison to the same weekend in 2019. With all titles doing around $165 million combined, it marks a 169% increase weekend-to-weekend increase.
Slipping to the number two spot after two weeks at the summit, Sony’s Uncharted made $10 million in its third weekend, taking its running domestic total to over $100 million. With $6 million this weekend, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin’s directorial debut, the crowd-pleasing canine drama Dog, finished at the number three spot. The film has made over $40 million against a reported $15 million budget, which marks a solid win for Tatum and serves as great validation for his star power.