Weekend Box Office Report: March 4 – March 6, 2022

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The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Monday Morning Update:

With updated studio estimates, the estimated opening weekend figure for The Batman now stands at $134.00 million. With a stronger than expected Sunday hold, The Batman took in an estimated $34.15 million on Sunday, which was a decline of just 21 percent from Saturday’s $43.25 million performance.

Weekend Estimates Update:

Warner’s The Batman arrived in theatres in a big way this weekend with an estimated first place debut of $128.50 million. The Matt Reeves directed non-DCEU reboot of the Batman franchise starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Colin Farrell opened in line with its lofty expectations and delivered the second largest debut since the re-opening of domestic theatres (behind only the $260.14 million opening of last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and an impressive 43 percent ahead of the $90.03 million start of last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage). The Batman also delivered the fourth largest debut ever for a film with Batman in a starring role, the fifth largest opening weekend ever for the month of March and the sixth largest opening weekend ever for Warner Bros. The Batman was helped out this weekend by an estimated 30 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross coming from premium formats, including an estimated $15.0 million (11.7 percent) from domestic IMAX screens. In addition, The Batman was no doubt helped out by opening exclusively in theatres this weekend; as opposed to Warner’s 2021 releases, which opened day-and-date via streaming on HBO Max.

The Batman started out with an estimated $57.1 million on Friday (including an estimated $21.6 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 3PM and additional select preview shows on Tuesday night and Wednesday night), declined a very reasonable 24 percent on Saturday to take in $43.2 million and is estimated to decrease 35 percent on Sunday to gross $28.2 million. The audience breakdown for The Batman skewed 65 percent male, 35 percent female, 69 percent over the age of 25 (though a significant 38 percent of the film’s audience was between 25 and 34) and 31 percent under the age of 25. With the film’s audience breakdown in mind, the darker nature of The Batman looks to have been a key component of the film skewing towards adult audiences this weekend (only 9 percent of the film’s audience was under the age of 18). The Batman also looks to have played especially strong in both California and Texas, as the film’s top 6 DMA markets were Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, the California Bay Area and Houston.

On the average, critical reviews for The Batman have been very good (but not quite great) and the film also looks to be going over well with audiences given its healthy A- rating on CinemaScore and current 90 percent Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes. In addition, the film’s Saturday hold (especially when removing preview grosses from Friday’s performance) points towards initial word of mouth among moviegoers being strong. Going forward, The Batman will also be helped out by only a small amount of films being scheduled for wide release throughout the rest of March. The film’s 175-minute run-time could also lead to some relative back-loading in general.

The Batman was off to a similar international start this weekend with an estimated $120.0 million from 74 international markets. That places the global launch for The Batman at an estimated $248.5 million. International debuts for The Batman this weekend included $18.4 million in the United Kingdom, $12.0 million in Mexico, $9.2 million in Australia, $8.8 million in Brazil, $8.5 million in France, $5.1 million in Germany, $4.4 million in South Korea, $4.1 million in Italy, $3.7 million in Spain, $3.4 million in India, $2.7 million in Saudi Arabia and $2.5 million in Indonesia. The Batman grossed an estimated $7.3 million from international IMAX screens, which places the film’s global IMAX total at $22.3 million. This coming Friday (March 11) The Batman will open in Japan, before opening in China the following week on Friday, March 18.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Sony’s Uncharted took second place this weekend with an estimated $11.00 million. Uncharted declined a sizable 52 percent from last weekend, but that was also a very reasonable hold given the new competition Uncharted faced from The Batman (which also led to Uncharted losing its IMAX screens this weekend). With an estimated 17-day total of $100.28 million, Uncharted is estimated to surpass the $100 million domestic mark on Sunday. Uncharted should stabilize next weekend, especially with no new wide releases entering the marketplace.

Internationally, Uncharted grossed an estimated $17.4 million this weekend from 64 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $171.3 million and current global haul to $271.6 million. International totals through Sunday for Uncharted include $27.5 million in the United Kingdom, $14.9 million in France, $14.8 million in Russia, $10.5 million in Spain, $9.7 million in Australia, $9.4 million in Germany, $5.9 million in Italy, $5.6 million in South Korea and $5.3 million in Mexico. Uncharted is scheduled to be released in China on Monday, March 14.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Dog was down one spot from last weekend to claim third with an estimated $6.00 million. That represented a respectable 41 percent decline from last weekend’s strong second weekend hold. The Channing Tatum-led Dog has grossed a stronger than expected $39.97 million through 17 days and is highly likely to re-stabilize next weekend. Tatum will also star in Paramount’s upcoming The Lost City, which is scheduled to be released on March 25.

Even with the new direct competition from The Batman, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home continued to hold up extremely well this weekend as the blockbuster superhero film declined just 24 percent and one spot from last weekend to claim fourth place with an estimated $4.40 million. That was nearly on par with last weekend’s 22 percent decline. With a massive 80-day gross of $786.49 million, Spider-Man: No Way Home is in terrific shape to eventually surpass the $800 million domestic mark (especially after this weekend’s hold). Internationally, Spider-Man: No Way Home took in an estimated $4.0 million this weekend from 63 markets. Respective totals for Spider-Man: No Way Home stand at $1.08 billion internationally and $1.866 billion globally.

Disney and 20th Century’s Death on the Nile rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $2.73 million. That was down a solid 39 percent from last weekend and brings the 24-day domestic total for Death on the Nile to $37.09 million. Internationally, Death on the Nile grossed an estimated $5.1 million this weekend from 41 markets. To date, Death on the Nile has grossed an estimated $78.0 million internationally, for a current global total of $115.1 million.

Additional holdovers of note this weekend included Universal’s Sing 2, which was down a very solid 32.5 percent to take sixth with an estimated $1.52 million, and Paramount’s Jackass Forever, which declined a sharp 57 percent to follow fairly closely behind in seventh place with an estimated $1.36 million. Respective total grosses stand at $153.59 million for Sing 2 through 75 days and at $54.45 million for Jackass Forever through 31 days.

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