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Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘The Batman’ Eyes Easy Second Weekend Box Office Win

With little competition on the horizon, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman is expected to dominate the North American box office through March 13 — and beyond. The DC Comics superhero reboot from director Matt Reeves, and starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, had the second-best theatrical debut in the pandemic era with $134 million at the domestic box office.

The movie is reportedly projected to generate upwards of $61 million in ticket sales across more than 4,400 screens in Canada and the U.S., bringing its North American total to $233 million. That would still lag behind pre-pandemic second-weekend tallies for Christopher Nolan-directed “Batman” movies The Dark Knight, with $75.2 million in 2008, and The Dark Knight Rises, with $62.1 million in 2012.

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Other holdovers this weekend include Uncharted from Sony Pictures, United Artists Releasing’s Dog, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile, Universal Pictures’ Sing 2, Paramount Pictures’ Jackass Forever and United Artists Releasing’s Cyrano.

Warner Bros. made news this week when it announced it would delay and shuffle the release dates for several DC superhero movies. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been pushed back to March 17, 2023, from an original Dec. 17, 2022, release date. The Flash is moving back to June 23, 2023, from the original Nov. 4, 2022, debut. Black Adam is being delayed three months to Oct. 21, 2022. The animated DC League of Super-Pets has been pushed back to July 29 from an original May 20 release. And Shazam! Fury of the Gods has been moved up to Dec. 12 from June 2, 2023.

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