‘The Batman’, remains number 1 and exceeds 300 million dollars

Los Angeles, USA

“The Batman” is still going strong three weeks after its theatrical release, with a tight grip on the top spot at the box office.

Robert Pattinson’s debut as the Dark Knight brought in an additional $36.8 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It also surpassed the $300 million mark ahead of projections.

The Warner Bros. movie is the highest-grossing movie of 2022 and the second-highest since the start of the pandemic (first place goes to “Spider-Man: No Way Home”).

“The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, also took in $49.1 million internationally this weekend, bringing its global total to $598.1 million. The only place “The Batman” seems to be stumbling is in China, where it earned $12.1 million in its opening weekend. But about 43% of theaters in China are closed due to the pandemic and “The Batman” still did slightly better than “Uncharted,” which also opened there this weekend with $10.3 million.

“The Batman” cost an estimated $200 million to produce, not counting the many millions spent on marketing. But it’s already a win for Warner Bros., which had a box office success in 2021 because all of its movies were released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

It also helps that competition in the market has been sparse. The biggest contender this weekend was the anime “Jujutsu Kaisen 0,” which was released by Crunchyroll and Funimation, and grossed approximately $17.7 million in its opening weekend in North America, where it played on 2,748 screens. The Japanese film is based on a best-selling manga and is available to watch dubbed or with subtitles.

“Fans made this movie a huge hit this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “It shows how passionate anime fans are and how beautiful these movies are when they are brought to the big screen.”

Horror movie “X” also debuted this weekend on 2,865 screens and is projected to gross around $4.4 million. Directed by Ti West and distributed by A24, “X” is about a group of terrified people while filming a pornographic movie.

Focus Features released the crime drama “The Outfit” starring Mark Rylance in 1,324 locations. He made an estimated $1.5 million. And outside of the top 10, Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions had “Alice,” the Sundance breakout about an enslaved woman who is transported back to 1973, which earned $176,120 from 170 locations.