Warner’s ‘The Batman’ Again Dominates Box Office with $69 Million Haul

Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman didn’t disappoint in its second weekend at the box office, generating an estimated $69 million through March 13. The tally, which could grow even higher when the final numbers are reported, would bring director Matt Reeves’ reboot of the DC Comics superhero franchise to more than $460 million globally ($238 million in North America) after 10 days of release.

Starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, The Batman generated a better second-weekend result (from the theatrical debut) than any of the top 5 releases in 2021, including Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home. The dark drama is on track to generate $400 million domestically given the lack of new releases in the near future; and exponentially more globally following next weekend’s release in China — the world’s No. 2 box office.

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Separately, Sony’s Uncharted, co-starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, took in another $9 million for No. 2 to bring its domestic haul to $113 million, and $300 million worldwide.

Notably, No. 3 spot was not filled with a movie but rather a live-dance event. South Korea’s K-Pop live dance event, BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage, was streamed to 800 theaters in the United States, generating $7 million based on the $35 ticket price. It is reportedly the highest-grossing live-streamed theatrical event ever with more than $32 million across 75 countries.

Cinedigm Bows Asian OTT Service ‘Hallypop’ on Samsung Smart TVs

Cinedigm Jan. 31 expanded its OTT video partnership with Samsung, adding Asian culture platform Hallypop and fact-focused Docurama on Samsung’s TV Plus video service.

The services join CONtv and Dove Channel, which both launched on the TV Plus platform in November 2018.

TV Plus is Samsung’s video service, which provides access to a variety of free streaming channels. It does not require a subscription fee, account set-up, or credit card info to access.

Hallypop programming includes K-Pop variety show, “Inkigayo,” featuring appearances and performances by BTS, Big Bang, Ikon, Girls Generation, and 2NE, among others; “Running Man,” pitting K-Pop and K-Drama stars against each other in reality-TV missions; interactive music series, “After School Club,” which uses social media to connect with K-Pop, including Q&A sessions, song requests, impromptu performances, and music videos, among other content.

“Cinedigm is proud to debut our newest digital-first network for the first time ever on Samsung’s TV Plus platform,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement.

Opeka said CONtv and Dove Channel have been well-received on the TV Plus platform.

“Whether it’s Hallypop’s immersive Asian culture content or Docurama’s roster of documentaries and series, our networks appeal to a broad range of tastes and interests, and offer something for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

Cinedigm recently disclosed it has more than 102,000 paid subscribers for its OTT services.