Warner Bros.’ “The Batman”, despite being released on a second weekend, remained No. According to studio estimates, “The Batman” was the No. 1 movie in North American theaters, with $66 millions in ticket sales. A live broadcast of BTS’ concert was a one-day blockbuster.
Matt Reeves’ Caped Crusader remake starring Robert Pattinson & Zoe Kravitz performed well in its second-week, dropping just 51% from its $134m debut and bringing its domestic total up to $238.5million. It has done almost identical business abroad, bringing in $463.2 million worldwide.
Warner Bros. will release “The Batman” exclusively at theaters for the first time in over a year, after having tried simultaneous streaming releases through 2021. There were no new wide releases and “The Batman,” which remained at the top of the box office for at most one week, was the only wide release. AMC Entertainment and other chains introduced ticket prices $1.50 to $1.50 more for “The Batman”‘s first eight days.
“BTS permission to dance on stage: Seoul” was also packed theaters. Saturday’s live broadcast of the band performing in South Korea, which took place in 797 North American theatres, grossed $6.8million. It grossed $32.6 million worldwide, a testimony to the huge popularity of the South Korean boyband. Tickets for the event screenings cost as high as $35.
The movie industry is showing promise. Many films failed to maintain their popularity after the first week or second week of being in theaters. This was despite the turmoil caused by the pandemic. The weekend saw “The Batman” not only hold its ground, but also the other top films.
The fourth week of “Uncharted”, the action-adventure featuring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, saw a 17% decline. With $9.3 million, Sony Pictures’ videogame adaptation came in second. It earned $113.4million domestically.
MGM’s “Dog” starring Channing Tatum has also been a success. Its fourth week of release saw it drop only 13%, with ticket sales of $5.3 million. The film was modestly budgeted and has earned $47.8 millions.
Paul Dergarabedian is a senior media analyst at the data company Comscore. He said that these results are a sign of a stable market after the pandemic.
Dergarabedian stated that these are “unusually small weekend-over weekend drops”. He also noted that the dip for “The Batman”, at 41%), was even more if you take out the early presales of the film. “The road to recovery has begun, but it’s taking some time.”
The lack of competition for “The Batman” was partially due to other studios avoiding , one of the most anticipated films of the year. It was also indicative of a trend in early 2022 and the changes that were accelerated by pandemic. Streaming of major movies has made it more difficult to offer theatrical options.
The Walt Disney Co. chose to premiere the Pixar movie “Turning Red”, as it did with the other Pixar films. Pixar films were among Hollywood’s best-selling ticket-sellers before the pandemic. Domee Shi’s “Turning Red,” a Pixar movie about a 13 year-old girl from Asia who transforms into a giant panda when she feels strong emotions and was shown in three theaters in the US (Disney did not provide sales figures), and it opened theatrically in 12 countries where Disney+ is not available. These territories brought in $3.8 million.
David A. said that the release schedule is still being finalized. Gross, who is the head of Franchise Entertainment’s movie consulting, said that there are still very few movies. Gross, who runs Franchise Entertainment, was unable to count 16 wide releases in January or February. Normally there are 22-25. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, theaters are facing a lack of movies.
Gross wrote in a Sunday newsletter that “but the April and May titles were strong and they’re more consistent from week-to-week which is what we have been missing,” Gross expects that moviegoing will continue to grow in the spring, summer. He believes that 80% of 2019 gross sales would be a good result.
According to Comscore, Friday through Sunday ticket sales were estimated at U.S. theaters and Canadian theatres. Monday will see the release of final domestic figures.
1. “The Batman,” $66 million.
2. “Uncharted,” $9.3 million.
3. $6.8 million.
4. “Dog,” $5.3 million.
5. “Spider-Man: There’s No Way Home,” $4.1 Million
6. “Death on Nile,” $2.5 Million
7. “Radhe Shyam,” $1.8 million.
8. “Sing 2,” $1.6 million.
9. “Jackass Forever,” $1.1 million.
10. “Scream,” $445,000.