By Josh Reilly B.
The Batman is now in its third weekend after debuting on March 4 in the U.S. and many other markets. The latest DC film, directed and co-written by Matt Reeves, became the latest superhero title during the pandemic to defy a downwards box office trend to earn massive numbers both domestically and globally. After Spider-Man: No Way Home braved through the COVID Omicron variant to earn nearly $2 billion worldwide (and still counting, given that the film made another $3 million this weekend), The Batman opened to an incredibly impressive $134 million in the U.S., a record for Warner Bros. during the pandemic.
Since then, The Batman has continued to soar at the box office, boosted by excellent reviews and fan reactions. This weekend, the Robert Pattinson-led film crossed the $500 million mark at the global box office, a major milestone as the movie continues down the path to near $1 billion.
Currently, The Batman is projected to earn $800-$900 million worldwide as a final total, which would still be an impressive total given China’s recent COVID surge which has seen a majority of theaters closed. This number means Reeves’ film would earn around the same amount as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a title that had a collection of DC heroes, not just the Dark Knight (although the reactions to The Batman suggest that audiences prefer the hero of Gotham city to be isolated and on his own).
As stated, The Batman hasn’t had a clear opening in China as the studio would have hoped due to a rise in COVID cases in the Middle Kingdom. The film is projected to earn $33 million as a final gross in China, which is still a respectable number given the adversary it faces.
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