‘The Batman’ Opens With Heroic $128.5 Million – Second-Biggest Pandemic Debut

The Batman (Credit: Warner Bros.)

The Batman soared to the top of the box office with an estimated $128.5 million weekend debut. That marked the second-biggest opening of any film released since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, according to tracking company Comscore.

The only other movie to post a bigger debut in the COVID era was Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, which raked in a massive $260 million in its opening weekend in December, and has now made $1.8 billion worldwide.

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At nearly 3-hours, The Batman played in 4,417 theaters across the U.S. and Canada, ringing up a per location average of $29,092.

The Warner Bros. reboot of the caped crusader franchise was directed by Matt Reeves and stars Robert Pattinson as Batman. The cast also includes Zoë Kravitz, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano and Jayme Lawson.

The film scored solid reviews, with an 85 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics described the DC Comics thriller as “stylish and well-cast,” although some felt it was too long and didn’t have “enough suspense or thrills.”

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Elsewhere at the box office, action adventure Uncharted starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas was a distant second with $11 million in its third weekend of release.

Channing Tatum’s Dog took third place with $6 million in its third weekend.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, also starring Tom Holland, was fourth with $4.4 million. That brought the film’s 12-week domestic total to $786 million. Death on the Nile rounded out the top five with $2.7 million in its fourth week.

Check out Comscore’s box office chart below.

Comscore Box Office Chart for March 6, 2022. (Credit: Comscore)