Box Office - The Batman soars

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

The Batman delivered comfortably the biggest opening weekend of 2022 to date, opening with £13.5m. That’s slightly behind the opening of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which opened with £14.6m in March 2016, but it’s just ahead of Joker’s £12.6m opening in October 2019. Interestingly, Batman V Superman fell pretty sharply, finishing its run with £36.6m, while Joker held up spectacularly, finishing on £58.3m. According to Comscore’s PostTrak exit polling, The Batman scored 4.5 stars out of 5 and 87% Total Positive score. The Total Positive score increases to 93% among male cinemagoers under 25, so hopefully word-of-mouth will be strong and The Batman will hold up more like Joker, rather than Batman V Superman. With few major new releases until Morbius on 31 March, it certainly has space to do well.

Thanks to The Batman, and last weekend’s Cineworld Day, almost every other film in the top 10 took a hefty drop this weekend. After topping the box office for three successive weekends, Uncharted fell 57% to £1.3m. That takes its total to £20.3m, and it’s the second film released in 2022, after Sing 2, to cross £20m at the UK box office. Obviously, The Batman will be making it three shortly.

Sing 2 fell to second and took something of a tumble, falling 61% to £1m. That takes its total to £30.3m and in crossing £30m it has reached a milestone that the first Sing couldn’t manage. The Duke was the only film in this week’s chart that managed to post a decent hold. The Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren comedy fell just 31% to £682k, which takes its total after 10 days in cinemas to £2.7m. Again, there’s not many new releases for the older audience over the next couple of weeks, so hopefully it will continue to post solid holds. Death On The Nile completed the top five, falling 63% to £284k and a new total of £7.2m.  

Outside of the top five, Spider-Man: No Way Home suffered its first big drop in seventh, falling 63% to £213k, which takes its total to £95.7m. It’s just under £1m behind No Time To Die, but after that hefty drop it looks like it won’t have the legs to get there. Aside from The Batman, British drama, Ali & Ava was the only new other new entry in the top 10, opening in ninth with £106k, which includes £43k from previews.

Overall the box office was up 65% from last weekend.  

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Across The Pond

The Batman opened in the top spot with $134m, which is at the top end of Warner Bros’ expectations, and it’s also the first film since Tenet to not be available at the same time on HBO Max. Uncharted came in second, adding $11m, a drop of 52% from last weekend. That’s a pretty healthy drop in the face of The Batman and takes the Tom Holland actioner to $100.3m. Channing Tatum’s Dog is in third, adding $6m, a drop of 41% from last weekend, taking its total to $40m. Spider-Man: No Way Home continues to be one of the territory’s most popular movies, adding $4.4m, which was enough for fourth spot. That takes its total to $786.5m. Death on the Nile completed the top five, adding $2.7m for a new total of $37.1m.