Robert Pattinson’s dark superhero adventure The Batman is the #1 film at the domestic box office for the third straight weekend.
This feat is not surprising as March was relatively light in terms of new releases. But while there wasn’t much competition, The Batman managed to pull off impressive holds week in and week out. The film grossed $36.8 million from 4,302 theaters between Friday and Sunday, down just 45% from last weekend.
These ticket sales take The Batman to over $300 million in North America, making the comic book adaptation of the second pandemic-era film surpass that benchmark after Spider-Man: No Way Home.
At the international box office, the Warner Bros. film opened in China — where 43% of the country’s theaters are closed due to COVID-19 cases — at a subdued $12.1 million. Overall, The Batman added $49.1 million from 76 overseas markets, bringing its global total to a whopping $598 million. These returns represent a necessary commercial win for Warner Bros., which has spent $200 million producing The Batman and many millions more marketing the film to audiences around the world.
Two new films opened nationwide, but Funimation’s manga adaptation Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie and A24’s slasher thriller X posed no threat to The Batman.
Ranked second on the domestic box office charts, the PG-13 “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” fetched a whopping $17.6 million from 2,340 locations when it debuted. Anime films are growing in popularity in North America, and Funimation, which recently merged with Crunchyroll and is mostly owned by Sony Pictures, has been at the forefront. Last spring, the film company opened Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train for $21.2 million, a tremendous result at a time when theaters were operating at reduced capacity.
“This is a great opening,” said David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “Reviews are exceptional for this and for all Funimation/Crunchyroll films. You didn’t miss it.”
Meanwhile, “X” landed in fourth place with $4.2 million from 2,865 venues. Those numbers mark a quieter start, especially given the plaudits “X” received after it premiered at the South by Southwest film festival earlier this month.
Gross points out, however, “Horror isn’t expensive to make – clever cinematography, editing and sound design go a long way. ‘X’ should cover his expenses and make a few bucks after all the side bucks are counted.
Ti West wrote and directed “X,” which follows actors making an adult film in rural Texas. But when the reclusive hosts, an elderly couple, catch the guests in the act, things get dicey.
diversity Chief film critic Owen Gleiberman promises that “X” will “earn your fear”. He calls the film “a deliberate, loving, and meticulous homage that doesn’t simply seek to cash in on the legacy of the greatest horror film of the last half century.”
Tom Holland’s video game adaptation Uncharted, now in its fifth release weekend, topped X in the box office and took third place. The action-adventure from Sony Pictures grossed $8 million in 3,700 theaters and took Uncharted to $125.8 million at the domestic box office.
Uncharted surpassed $200 million at the international box office, taking its worldwide box office to $337.3 million.
Channing Tatum’s canine adventure Dog was No. 5, knocking Spider-Man: No Way Home out of the top five for the first time in 14 weeks.
“Dog” has grossed $4 million from 3,307 filming locations, bringing the film’s total sales in North America to $54 million. It’s a great outcome for the road trip buddy comedy that only cost $15 million to make. And it’s encouraging evidence that studios can still make a profit from non-superhero films — as long as budgets don’t get out of hand.
And Spider-Man: No Way Home — even after three and a half months on the big screen — was no slouch, grossing $3.2 million from 2,585 screens. As of this weekend, the comic epic has grossed $797.56 million at the domestic box office. It’s only a stone’s throw away from becoming the third film in history to break the 800-year mark in North America, following Avengers: Endgame ($858 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million). surpasses the million dollar mark.