After a strong previews night showing, The Batman is headed to an impressive opening weekend at the box office. Warner Bros.'s latest Batman reboot earned $57 million at the domestic box office on its first day (including Thursday night preview showings). It is now on track to earn about $120 million in its first weekend. That would be the fifth-best March movie opening of all time, and the biggest opening of 2022 thus far. It is also the second-best opening since the pandemic began, behind Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: No Way Home opening in December with $260 million.
For Batman to Batman comparison, the last time Warner Bros. rebooted Batman with a standalone movie was Batman Begins in 2005. The film earned $48 million in its first weekend, though that's not adjusting for inflation. Batman Begins was also around 40 minutes shorter than The Batman and didn't come with variable ticket pricing.
Ben Affleck's debut as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $166 million in its opening weekend. However, that movie benefitted from having both of DC's most iconic characters in its title, being Wonder Woman's first live-action movie appearance, and being DC's first big-screen crossover.
The Batman has received a strong positive response from fans and critics, with a not-insignificant number of dissensions. ComicBook.com's expressed this in his 4-out-of-5 review of the movie:
"As a reboot, The Batman is a very good re-introduction of the Batman movie franchise, but one that feels like a victim of circumstance. It seems like there was originally a clear deeper thematic point in mind – until the entire world took a chaotic downward spiral. The most we now get from The Batman is a final message of, "Hey, things are really messed up, but, uh, let's try to help one another, okay?" Given current circumstances around the world (at the time of writing this), maybe that's the only message a superhero movie can manage right now."
Matt Reeves directs the new take on Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. He's joined by several of Batman's most iconic villains, including Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Barry Keoghan as a surprising mystery character.
The Batman is draining everyone else's box office for itself. Jackass Forever, Death on the Nile, Scream, Uncharted, Dog, and even Spider-Man: No Way Home are all seeing significant dropoffs as a result. The complete list of top 10 films at the box office this weekend follows.
1. The Batman
- Opening Weekend
- Total: $120 million
Batman ventures into Gotham City's underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator's plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.
Matt Reeves directs The Batman. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell.prevnext
- Week Three
- Weekend: $12.4 million
Total: $101.6 million
Nathan Drake and his wisecracking partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan embark on a dangerous quest to find the greatest treasure never found while also tracking clues that may lead to Nate's long-lost brother.
Ruben Fleischer directs Uncharted from a screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway, based on Naughty Dog's video game series. The film stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas.prevnext
- Week Three
- Weekend: $12.4 million
Total: $40.4 million
With a dog named Lulu by his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific Coast to make it to a soldier's funeral on time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive each other completely crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance of finding happiness.
Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin directed Dog. Tatum also stars with Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Q'orianka Kilcher, Ethan Suplee, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and Bill Burr.prevnext
4. Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Week 12
- Weekend: $4.7 million
Total: $786.8 million
With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Jon Watts directed Spider-Man: No Way Home from a screenplay written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, and Marisa Tomei.prevnext
5. Death on the Nile
- Week Four
- Weekend: $2.9 million
Total: $36.9 million
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.
Death on the Nile is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1937 mystery novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot. The cast also includes Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright.prevnext
6. Sing 2
- Week 11
- Weekend: $1.75 million
Total: $153.8 million
Can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch a dazzling stage extravaganza in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There's just one hitch -- he has to find and persuade the world's most reclusive rock star to join them. What begins as Buster's dream of big-time success soon becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
Garth Jennings wrote and directed Sing 2, with Christophe Lourdelet co-directing. The film's voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Offerman, Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Chelsea Peretti, Letitia Wright, Eric André, Adam Buxton, and Bono.prevnext
7. Jackass Forever
- Week Five
- Weekend: $1.51 million
- Total: $54.6 million
Celebrate the joy of a perfectly executed shot to the groin as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the gang return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd and often dangerous displays of stunts and comedy.
Jeff Tremaine directed Jackass Forever. It stars Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, and Preston Lacy.prevnext
- Week Two
- Weekend: $679,000
Total: $2.57 million
Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles everyone with his ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. However, he's convinced his appearance renders him unworthy of the affections of the luminous Roxanne, a devoted friend who's in love with someone else.
Joe Wright directs Cyrano from a screenplay by Erica Schmidt, based on her 2018 musical, inspired by the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac. It stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn.prevnext
- Week Eight
- Weekend: $620,000
- Total: $80.2 million
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett direct Scream from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. The film stars Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.prevnext
10. Gangubai Kathiawadi0comments
- Week Two
- Weekend: $551,000
- Total: $1.7 million
Young Ganga is tricked by her boyfriend with the promise of a film career and persuaded to leave the countryside for Mumbai. In Mumbai her dreams of a film career come crashing down and she is lured to the underworld.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali directs Gangubai Kathiawadi. The film stars Alia Bhatt, Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari, and Seema Pahwa.prev