DC Comics’ latest ‘The Batman‘ solo superhero franchise has had a pretty good start maintaining a strong run over the third weekend and rising to the $300 million mark.
Matt Reeves and Peter Craig’s 175-minute Dark Knight Detective thriller earned another $36.8 million in weekend three, dropping just 45% for a new $300.1 million domestic earning. The film that features Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Jeffrey Wright was able to go past Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel ($291 million) to become the second-biggest straight-up/clean slate reboot after Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Strong reviews from various outlets definitely added to the hype that has contributed positively to Pattinson’s DC debut, though the same can’t be said for The Suicide Squad, which was equally well-received last year but didn’t make its mark at the box office.
As of March 20, The Batman stands at a strong $600.4 million worldwide, with roughly an equal split across its US box-office haul ($300 million) and its overseas tally ($300.4 million) to date.
The numbers are more impressive when you consider its domestic total marks it as the second-biggest reboot behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as the fourth-biggest reboot worldwide behind Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Homecoming (via Forbes).
According to Deadline, The Batman opened with $12.1 million in China, which marked it as one of the biggest debuts this year for a Hollywood release in the market. However, it’s not a remarkable number since China has had a spike in Covid-19 cases which have left around 43% of cinemas temporarily closed, affecting the movie’s opening.
The Batman stands at a strong $600.4 million worldwide
It’s still too early to call it a big success since The Batman hasn’t even come close to the total numbers that Justice League ($106 million) and Wonder Woman ($90 million), let alone Aquaman’s mammoth $292 million made in China in the previous periods.
Given the lukewarm reception to Hollywood movies in China over the past several months, it would have been nice to see how The Batman would have performed if the market hadn’t been hit with lockdowns due to a spike in Covid cases.
The Batman’s 45% drop will sit (in terms of third-weekend drops for major comic book/superhero flicks) alongside the likes of Shazam! (-32% in 2019), and Aquaman (-40% in 2018).
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