The DC adaptation grossed an additional $18.7 million Friday from 4,417 locations, more than enough to maintain the No. 1 position on the North American charts, variety.com reports.
That performance represents a 67% drop from the film’s opening day of $57 million, though that early figure also includes $21.6 million from Thursday’s previews populated by cheering fans. Looking at last Friday’s numbers alone, “The Batman” is posting a much more encouraging drop of 47%, variety.com reports.
Compared to other recent superhero releases, “The Batman” holds up a little less than its peers. During their respective second Fridays, Disney’s “Eternals” fell 63.2% and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” fell 53.4%, although both of these films represented new properties for moviegoers, thus being less likely to draw a frontal performance.
Compared to other WB movies featuring the Caped Crusader, it shows a stronger hold than ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (a 77% drop) and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (a 77% drop). 82%).
Last weekend, “The Batman” beat box office forecasts on its debut, raking in $134 million. Its ticket sales ranked among the best of 2022 so far, and it became the second pandemic-era theatrical release to cross the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, after ” Spider-Man: No Way Home”.
Although the film will face some competition in “The Lost City” next weekend, it is likely that “The Batman” will continue to clean up the domestic charts until another super epic. -hero, “Morbius,” to air on April 1.
The dark take on the superhero has garnered very positive reviews, with Variety’s Peter Debruge naming it Critics’ Pick and writing that the “grounded, often brutal, nearly three-hour film noir ranks among the genre’s best.” , even so, or more rightly so, because what makes the film great is its willingness to dismantle and question the very concept of superheroes”.
Along with Robert Pattinson as the moody Bruce Wayne, the film also stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Penguin.
Directed by Matt Reeves, production ended up being extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the production budget exceeding $200 million.
The film has already surpassed $400 million at the worldwide box office, an encouraging start for such an expensive endeavor.
With “The Batman,” the rest of the box office should show the same vestiges retaining the top five spots.
Columbia Pictures is expecting an additional $9 million for “Uncharted” through Sunday.
The Tom Holland action vehicle held up remarkably well, especially for a special effects show aimed directly at young men competing against a Batman movie.
The film is only expected to drop 28% in its fourth weekend, rounding up its domestic gross to $113.1 million.
Speaking of Tom Holland’s stunning outfits, Columbia’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” refuses to leave the box office charts nearly three months after its debut.
Financial behemoth Marvel is set to land in fourth place, adding another $4 million in its umpteenth weekend. This represents a drop of just 10% from its previous release.
The film’s domestic haul is expected to top $792 million after Sunday, closing in on becoming the third film to surpass $800 million on the North American charts.
“No Way Home” is slated to hit digital storefronts on March 15, which could hamper its continued box office success.
Elsewhere, MGM and United Artists Releasing’s “Dog” continues to hold its own, adding another $1.38 million on its fourth Friday.
Channing Tatum vehicle expected to exceed $45 million domestic haul after Sunday; not too shabby for a star-led drama with a $15 million production budget.
Disney and 20th Century Studios’ “Death on the Nile” cracked Friday’s top five, adding another $680,000.
After a disappointing $12.8 million debut, the Kenneth Branagh-led thriller has had some merciful takes, dropping less than 40% on each of its last three outings.
The film was supported by international audiences, bringing in $77.6 million overseas.