Matt Reeves’ The Batman has capitalised on the great reviews (read our ★★★★ critique here), stellar word-of-mouth, and moviegoers reinvigorated appetite for big screen fare, by tracking down $128.5M at the North American box office this weekend.
According to Deadline the number could rise to $130M when the dust has settled on the return of Gotham’s Knight, but as it stands Warner Bros.’ The Batman has delivered the second-best opening since 2019 after Marvel behemoth Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In terms of other iterations of the DC property, The Batman landed fourth in figures adjusted for inflation, behind Batman vs. Superman ($194M), The Dark Knight Rises ($195M), and IP standard bearer The Dark Knight ($206M).
At last count The Batman had amassed $111M overseas, for a tentative worldwide total of approximately $240M, which has already surpassed industry expectations for the three-hour epic.
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Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
The Batman sees Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse) donning the cape and cowl as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora) as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Jim Gordon, Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) as Carmine Falcone, Alex Ferns (Chernobyl) as Commissioner Pete Savage, Con O’Neill (Ordinary Lies) as Chief Mackenzie Bock, Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson and Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as Bella Real.
The Batman is playing in cinemas everywhere now.