‘The Batman’ flew into theatres this past weekend, racking up the second-highest domestic opening of the pandemic era sitting happily behind Spiderman: No Way Home.

Robert Pattinson’s successful act in the pitch-black version of the Warner Bros film generated $128.5 million in ticket sales. The anticipation for the movie was high because of the success of past renditions of the iconic Batman films, and with the co-production between Sony and Disney doing a number on the world of Hollywood with the release of Spiderman: No Way Home, which launched last December to a historic $260 million, the pressure was on Matt Reeve’s rendition of the film to deliver, and deliver it did.

″[The 2022 box office] got its official start got its official start this weekend with the spectacular performance of ‘The Batman,’ a dark, brooding masterpiece of a crowd-pleaser,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. ”[It] proved that audiences enjoy their superhero movies not only when they are lighthearted and fun, but also when they provide a deeper emotional experience.”

Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Batwoman.

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Though Robert Pattison was the man in the cape playing Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz’ role as Batwoman, Paulo Dano as the Riddler, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin only impacted the opening weekend ticket sales positively, despite the three-hour run time of the film.

“It’s fun to see the public really embrace the movie,” says Jeff Goldstein, the president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “Since the movie is three hours long, it became appointment viewing. That bodes well for its run on the big screen. It helps that the word of mouth is so strong.”

Batman has brought the Midas touch for Warner Bros’ in the past thanks to director Christopher Nolan resurrecting the character for the big-screen with his “Dark-Knight” trilogy that began with the 2005s “Batman Begins.”

Robert Pattinsons without his mask in 'The Batman.'

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Before that, the franchise was MIA for eight years after 1997’s “Batman and Robin” flopped both critically and commercially. “Batman Begins” had a tough task to pull things back and it did so by making $373 million worldwide. The two sequels “The Dark Knight,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” shattered previous sales with both grossing more than $1 billion.

Other notable features in the Box Office weekend were Tom Holland’s “Uncharted with $11 million worth of sales,” Channing Tatum’s “Dog” with $6 million sales, and Gal Gadot’s “Death On Nile,” with $2.7 million sales. 

Published by: HOLR Magazine.