‘The Batman’ soars to a huge opening in North American theatres

‘The Batman’ soars to a huge opening in North American theatres

Warner Bros’ dark new film The Batman has soared to the top in North American theatres to become the year’s first film to exceed $100 million (R1.5 billion) in its opening weekend, industry analysts said Sunday.

The latest in a growing collection of Batman films – this one a particularly gloomy version, starring English actor Robert Pattinson – took in an estimated $128.5 million (R1.9 billion) for the Friday-through-Sunday period, Exhibitor Relations reported. The movie cost an estimated $200 million (Over R3 billion) to produce.

‘THE BATMAN’ MATCHES ‘SPIDER-MAN’ BOX OFFICE FIGURES

Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is the only other pandemic-era film to surpass the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, analysts said. It logged a resounding $260 million (Over R4 billion) in ticket sales when it opened in December.

The Batman has the Caped Crusader tracking down a serial killer (Paul Dano) while battling crime, corruption – and his own demons. It also stars Zoe Kravitz, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell.

Sony adventure film Uncharted, starring Tom Holland as an Indiana Jones-style treasure hunter, slipped from chart-topper to a distant second, taking in $11 million (R169 million) – even as its domestic total passed $100 million.

HOW OTHER FILMS COMPARE TO ‘THE BATMAN’ IN THE BOX OFFICE TOP 10

Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s buddy comedy Dog placed third, taking in $6 million (92.3 million). Channing Tatum plays a war-wounded US Army Ranger who agrees to drive Lulu, a dog injured while working with the military in Afghanistan, to her former handler’s funeral.

In fourth was persistently popular Spider-Man, with $4.4 million (R67.7 million) in domestic ticket sales in its 12th week out. Its international earnings are now just north of $1 billion (R15.4 billion).

And in fifth, down one spot from last week, was 20th Century’s murder mystery Death on the Nile, at $2.7 million (R41.6 million).

It stars Kenneth Branagh (who also directs) as the quirky Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this latest take on the 1937 Agatha Christie novel.

THE REST OF THE BOX OFFICE TOP 10 FILMS

Rounding out the top 10 were:

  • Sing 2 (R23.1 million)
  • Jackass Forever (R21.5 million)
  • Cyrano (R10.5 million)
  • Scream (R8.7 million)
  • Marry Me (R8.1 million)

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