Robert Pattinson stars in “The Batman”.
“The Batman” hit theaters this weekend, marking the second-highest domestic opening of the pandemic era.
The Warner Bros.’ The film generated $128.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, exceeding studio expectations of $110 million.
“[The 2022 box office] officially kicked off this weekend with the spectacular performance of ‘The Batman,’ a dark and moody, crowd-pleasing masterpiece,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.[It] proved that audiences enjoy his superhero movies not only when they’re light and fun, but also when they provide a deeper emotional experience.”
“The Batman” is just the second film released after March 2020 to see opening weekend ticket sales surpassing $100 million. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a co-production between Disney and Sony, was the first, grossing $260 million on its domestic debut in December.
“No Way Home” also holds the title for the highest opener in the pandemic era and the third best in cinematic history.
Films based on franchises, especially those about comic book characters, have been among the few to break through and generate significant box office gains during the pandemic. Movie theaters have seen families with young children and adults over the age of 50 be more reluctant to show up for cinemas, even for big movies.
Box office analysts expected “The Batman” to attract fewer moviegoers than “No Way Home” due to its darker, more mature themes and PG-13 rating. The film will likely enjoy repeat viewings in the weeks to come.