The Batman soared past $750M in its box-office collections before it finally premiered on the streaming platform HBO Max. Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman marked the seventh iteration of the Dark Knight on the big screen. Starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Reeves’ adaptation has received critical acclaim, with many claiming that the movie rivals Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008). As the movie finally starts streaming on HBO Max, the official box-office collection so far has been $751.6M, crossing three-fourths of a billion.
Despite facing initial backlash when the casting was first announced, Robert Pattinson’s Batman proved his critics wrong with his phenomenal performance as the Caped Crusader. The Twilight star, who has since then appeared in acclaimed indie movies such as Good Times and The Lighthouse has now become the definitive face of Batman for millions of fans across the globe.
How much did The Batman collect in North America?
Initially slated to release back in 2021, The Batman was pushed to 2022 due to the pandemic. With frequent delays in production, the movie was finally released on March 4 worldwide. As of now, The Batman has collected a staggering $365M in North America, making it one of the most profitable movies from Warner Bros. in the post-pandemic era.
Overseas Collections of The Batman
Despite numerous obstacles starting from casting backlashes to production delays, The Batman has performed exceptionally well outside the United States and Canada. With a whopping $386.1M overseas collection, The Batman has been both a critical and commercial success. Having performed particularly well in the UK ($53.2M), Mexico ($30.7M), Australia ($27M), France ($25.9M), Brazil ($22.6M), China ($22.5M), Germany ($18.9M), Spain ($11.8M), Italy ($11.2M) and Japan ($10M), the movie also had the highest opening weekend for a Warner Bros. picture in Iceland. Furthermore, The Batman also had the largest-ever debut in seven critical markets for any DC movie, in spite of the pandemic.
As compared to Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight, The Batman falls short of $250M. While the budget for both the movies has been quite similar, The Dark Knight had a staggering box-office collection of $1.005B, squarely beating The Batman. However, The Batman is also expected to rope in a considerable amount as it starts streaming on HBO Max. Furthermore, The Batman will also premiere on HBO on April 23 at 8 PM ET.
After The Batman‘s commercial success, Jeff Goldstein, who serves as the President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. was all praise for the movie. Here’s his quote:
“The incredible response we’ve seen at theaters across the country is a testament to both the enduring power of this iconic DC Super Hero and the huge appetite out there to experience great movies on the big screen. We congratulate everyone involved on reaching this impressive milestone.”
Similarly, Andrew Cripps, President of International Distribution praised the movie’s nimble balance of getting critical acclaim and staggering box-office collections.
“The Batman performs on every level, delivering critical praise and big crowds in every market around the globe. We’re so proud of the film and so happy it continues to strike a chord with audiences everywhere.”
The Batman‘s impressive overseas collection only falls behind Spider-Man: No Way Home and No Time To Die. To add more to its list of accolades, The Batman also recorded its best overseas collection for Warner Bros. since 2019 when Todd Phillip’s Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. With such an impressive box-office collection, it is only a matter of time before The Batman 2 is officially green-lit.
The Batman is now streaming on HBO Max starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, and Jeffery Wright.