March 4, 2022
DC Comics veteran superhero Batman returns to the big screen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ delayed theatrical release The Batman debuting March 4 worldwide, except in Russia. The action-drama starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, and directed by Matt Reeves, is set to bow in China on March 18.
Industry scuttlebutt suggest the movie could generate more than $100 million in ticket sales in North America, thanks to a 4,300-screen debut, early pre-screenings at Imax and AMC Theatres, the traditional Thursday screenings, and no concurrent access on the HBO Max streaming platform. The film reportedly took in $21.6 million in Thursday previews.
The Batman is Warner’s first exclusive theatrical release since Tenet in late 2020 from former “Batman” director Christopher Nolan. Notably, Nolan’s last Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Warner’s controversial 2021 pandemic-era decision releasing all theatrical titles concurrently on Max was seen as both a boon to streaming video and blow to the recovering box office. The studio’s parent WarnerMedia effectively ended the strategy in 2022.
Regardless, The Batman appears on track to become only the second movie since Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home to top triple-digit revenue in its debut. “No Way Home” is expected to sell another $3.6 million worth of tickets to bring its North American tally above $785 million.
Sony’s current box office hit, Uncharted, co-starring Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, is projected to generate $10 million across 3,800 screens, bringing its domestic total to $100 million. MGM/United Artists Releasing’s Dog, starring Channing Tatum, is projected to sell $7.5 million worth of tickets, bringing its total box office above $41 million.