“The Batman,” DC and Warner Bros.’ Latest Batman superhero film but the first starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, made a whopping $21.6 million at the box office Thursday.
It’s a remarkable start for what could easily be the biggest box office hit since “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and only the second movie expected to cross $100 million at the domestic box office since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warner Bros. is projecting “The Batman” for a conservative $90 million opening, though independent trackers say it could easily top $100 million and potentially reach $115 million. For a comparison, the last Batman movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” from 2016 made $166 million at the domestic box office after it brought in a muscular $27.7 million in its Thursday previews.
“The Batman” has done well globally so far, despite the fact that it for now will not open in Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine and Warner Bros.’ decision to pull the film from Russian cinemas. Globally it’s projected for $225 million-plus.
Matt Reeves directs “The Batman” with Robert Pattinson taking on the role of Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight. This film sees him investigating a string of murders of political figures in Gotham at the hands of The Riddler (Paul Dano), and the film has earned early positive reviews (it has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes) for how it leans heavily on hard -boiled mystery and noir, even drawing inspirations from films like “Se7en” and “Zodiac.”
The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Andy Serkis and Peter Sarsgaard.
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