Robert Pattinson’s gritty superhero adventure “The Batman” is the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.
That feat is not surprising because March has been relatively light in terms of new releases. But even though there hasn’t been much competition, “The Batman” has managed to score impressive week-to-week holds. The movie collected $36.8 million from 4,302 theaters between Friday and Sunday, representing only a 45% decline from last weekend.
Those ticket sales push “The Batman” past $300 million in North America, making the comic book adaptation the second pandemic-era movie to cross that benchmark after “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
At the international box office, the Warner Bros. film opened in China — where 43% of the country’s theaters are closed due to COVID-19 cases — to a muted $12.1 million. In total, “The Batman” added $49.1 million from 76 overseas markets, taking its global total to a mighty $598 million. Those returns represent a needed commercial win for Warner Bros., which spent $200 million to produce “The Batman” and many millions more to market the film to audiences across the world.
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