This year was a huge treat for all the comic book fans all over the world. With MCU’s No Way Home releasing and gaining a lot of appreciation from the fans, it is now DC’s time to rise and shine. The DC movies spiraled down drastically with the debacle of Joss Whedon’s Justice League, which resulted in the fans coming together with a petition for the release of the Snyder Cut.
Though the Zack Snyder version was highly appreciated, DC movies still were unable to make their mark as a whole. With Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and The Suicide Squad succeeding individually, it was high time for the Caped Crusader to get back on-screen. Fans now more than ever deserve a solo Batman film.
Thus, when Robert Pattinson’s The Batman was announced, fans were elated, as they will again be able to see the famous vigilante fight for Gotham City, after Nolan’s The Dark Night Trilogy. It became one of the most anticipated movies of 2022.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman starred some of the most notable actors of the Hollywood industry. Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell were the leading cast members. From prosthetics to strength-based training, the actors prepared a lot to depict their respective characters with perfection.
The Box Office
The Batman made a brilliant collection of $128.5 million on its opening day. It became the best domestic debut of the pandemic era, making its place just behind ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ The Caped Crusader has finally made a comeback and it is now, here to stay. It is also director Matt Reeves’ biggest opening till now. It is the second movie since December 2019 to cross $100 million on its first day.
The $200 million canvas opened to $120 million from 75 markets with a worldwide start of $248.5 million. Higher ticket prices at some theatres also didn’t matter to the audience. AMC Entertainment used the movie as an opportunity to experiment with variable pricing in the U.S. and charge from $1 to $1.50 more for each ticket. The expense for AMC-operated Imax and PLF screens was probably more.
Globally, due to the invasion of Ukraine, the film’s release in Russia was stopped and China wouldn’t release it on March 14. Overall the film ordered more than 80% of all tickets sold on Friday, with 22% of the audience opting to see it in premium theatres. In the weekend, 8 out 10 moviegoers in North America opted to watch the movie, while 23% choose premium screening.
Most of the audience members included younger men, who played a huge part in boosting the collections. More than 65% of ticket buyers were male and 60% of the audience was between ages 18-34.
Sony’s Uncharted, slipped from being a chart-topper to a second, taking in $11 million, even as its domestic total moved to $100 million. Channing Tatum’s Dog was placed in third, taking in $6 million.
In fourth was MCU’s No Way Home, with $4.4 million in domestic ticket sales in its 12th week. Its international earnings are now close to $1 billion. And lastly in fifth, was the murder mystery Death On The Nile starring Gal Gadot.
Overall, Batman’s impressive performance at the box office proves that the film has the capability to earn more in the following months. As people will be talking and discussing it a lot, which might work as fuel making it much bigger than what was initially anticipated.
Thus it can be said that Robert Pattinson’s The Batman surely has been able to redeem the shortcomings of a much-needed superhero lead in the DC Cinematic Universe. Its darker motifs and neo-noir style of filmmaking captured the true essence of Batman, bringing back the superhero every DC fan ever wanted.