Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘The Batman’ Storms to $134 Million Box Office Debut

Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman didn’t disappoint, generating $134 million in ticket sales across more than 4,400 North American screens  through March 6 — only the second movie to cross the $100 million domestic benchmark in its debut in the pandemic era after Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Director Matt Reeves’ take on the famed DC superhero, with Robert Pattinson portraying the Dark Knight, is projected to dominate the March domestic box office — a good thing for the studio, considering the movie’s reported $200 million production budget, excluding marketing costs.

Also helping The Batman ticket sales: No streaming. Unlike Warner’s entire 2021 theatrical slate, which was concurrently available on HBO Max due to shuttered theaters, The Batman won’t be available to stream for 45 days, or the end of April.

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While the opening was Warner’s biggest since the pandemic began, easily topping Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune, it still lagged behind the studio’s previous Christopher Nolan-directed “Batman” releases, The Dark Knight Rises with $160 million in 2012, and 2008’s The Dark Knight with $158 million.

Meanwhile, Sony’s Uncharted, the video game-adaptation co-starring “Spider-Man’s” Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, topped $100 million in North American revenue with $11 million in ticket sales in its third weekend. MGM/United Artists Releasing’s Dog, starring Channing Tatum, took in another $6 million to top $40 million after three weekends. Finally, No Way Home continued to generate meaningful revenue, collecting another $4.4 million to push its 12-weekend North American tally past $786 million ($1.86 billion globally).

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