It was another easy road to first place at the domestic box office for The Batman. Now in its third weekend, the Warner Bros. publication continues to hold up remarkably well, grossing $10.6 million across 4,302 locations as of Friday, down 43% from its second appearance. The film is expected to add approximately $39 million to its domestic gross by the weekend.
The Batman was expected to surpass $300 million in total domestic gross by Monday, becoming only the second pandemic-era release after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Its stellar $134 million premiere and meager week-to-week drops have made the Robert Pattinson-directed film the highest-grossing film of 2022 to date and the second-highest-grossing film since the COVID-19 pandemic began – again. only surpassed by Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The dark version of the superhero has earned very positive reviews diversityCalling it a critics’ choice, Peter Debruge’s chief film critic wrote that “down-to-earth, often brutal, and nearly three-hour long film noir ranks among the best of the genre, even if – or rather, because – what makes the film so big is its.” Willingness to dismantle and question the very concept of superheroes.” In addition, the film received a Cinema Score rating of “A-”, indicating strong overall reception by general ticket buyers.
In addition to Pattinson as the grumpy Volcel Bruce Wayne, the film also stars Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the logged-in version of the Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the mad penguin. Directed by Matt Reeves, the production proved lengthy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a production budget in excess of $200 million. Still, it looks like The Batman shouldn’t have a problem turning a profit.
Despite sitting comfortably at the top of the domestic box office, The Batman faced its toughest competition yet this weekend with Crunchyroll’s release of the manga adaptation Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
With studios largely clearing the calendar month of March to give Batman room to flatten the box office, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will benefit from the replacement oxygen. The anime film, which is being released by Crunchyroll in association with Funimation, grossed $8.68 million from 2,340 locations on Friday and is heading towards an estimated total of $19 million over the weekend. That’s not too far off the $21.2 million that Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train grossed when it premiered last spring. “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” is further testament to the engaged audiences anime has been gaining in North America in recent years.
Directed by Sunghoo Park, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 serves as a prequel to the hugely popular Jujutsu Kaisen series created by Gege Akutami. The film hit theaters in Japan in December 2021, grossing a whopping $107 million and becoming the highest-grossing release of the calendar year. The anime series “Jujutsu Kaisen” will start its second season in 2023.
A24’s horror film X, which also opened this weekend, also did a rather disappointing deal, opening Friday at $1.75 million at 2,865 locations. The film is expected to gross between $3 million and $5 million by the weekend. Those are good numbers for a low-budget independent entry into the genre, although some would hope the film would bond more on release, especially since horror productions usually have early box office runs.
Directed by Ti West, the slasher follows a group of young people who are terrorized by a sinister force while filming a pornographic movie on a Texas farm. The film stars Mia Goth, Jenny Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow and Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi). “X” has received extremely positive reviews, earning an overall critical approval rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sony’s “Uncharted” was set to take bronze at the box office in its fifth weekend. The video game adaptation is expected to gross $8.33 million over the weekend, down 11% from its previous appearance. “Uncharted” has held up remarkably well since its release in mid-February, especially for a VFX-driven spectacle adapted from a property with a dedicated fan base. The Tom Holland vehicle is expected to take its domestic gross to $126.2 million through Sunday and continue its run as the second-highest earner in 2022.
Speaking of Tom Holland, Spider-Man: No Way Home has finally emerged from the top five at the domestic box office after reigning there for 13 weeks, a quarter of a calendar year. The Marvel money monster is said to be ranked No. 6 and earned $3.6 million over the weekend. That would mark an 11% drop from the previous outing, a particularly slight drop considering “No Way Home” hit digital marketplaces earlier this week. “No Way Home” is set to expand its domestic gross to $797.8 million by Sunday — an $800 million finish is now squarely in the crosshairs.
Finally, United Artists Releasing’s “Dog” continues to rank in the top 5 at the box office. Channing Tatum’s vehicle was expected to earn $4.33 million through the weekend, down nearly 18% from its previous stake. The road-dramedy was expected to take its domestic gross to $54 million by the weekend – a particularly encouraging achievement for a star-driven original film with a $15 million production budget.