BOX OFFICE: ‘The Batman’ Reigns Again and Surpasses $300 Million in North America

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LOS ANGELES, March 20 (Variety.com) — Robert Pattinson’s superhero adventure “The Batman” is the No. 1 film at the domestic box office for the third straight weekend.

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This feat is not surprising since March was relatively light in terms of new releases. But even though there wasn’t much competition, “The Batman” pulled off some impressive takes week in and week out. The film collected $36.8 million from 4,302 theaters between Friday and Sunday, a 45% drop from last weekend.

Those ticket sales push “The Batman” to more than $300 million in North America, making the comic book adaptation the second pandemic-era film to cross that benchmark.

Two new movies opened nationwide, but Funimation’s manga adaptation “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie” and A24’s slasher thriller “X” posed no threat to “The Batman.”

At number two on the domestic box office charts, the PG-13 “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” scored an impressive $17.6 million from 2,340 locations in its debut. Animated movies are growing in popularity in North America, and Funimation, which recently rebranded as Crunchyroll and is primarily owned by Sony Pictures, has been at the forefront. Last spring, the film company opened “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” to $21.2 million, a huge achievement at a time when theaters were operating at reduced capacity.

“It’s a tremendous opening,” says David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “The reviews are outstanding for this and for all Funimation/Crunchyroll movies. They didn’t miss. »

“X” landed in fourth place with $4.2 million from 2,865 sites, a quieter start considering the praise after its South by Southwest premiere.

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However, Gross points out, “Horror isn’t expensive to make – clever cinematography, editing and sound design goes a long way. ‘X’ should recoup its costs and make a few bucks once all the ancillary money is gone. was counted.”

Ti West wrote and directed “X,” which follows actors making an adult film in rural Texas. But once their reclusive hosts, an elderly couple, catch the guests in the act, and things get messy.

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Variety’s chief film critic, Owen Gleiberman, promises “X” will “earn your fear.” He calls the film “a deliberate, loving, and meticulous tribute that doesn’t simply try to build on the legacy of the greatest horror film of the last half-century.”

Tom Holland’s video game adaptation “Uncharted,” now in its fifth weekend of release, edged out “X” on the box office charts to secure third place. Sony Pictures’ action-adventure grossed $8 million from 3,700 theaters, bringing “Uncharted” to $125.8 million at the domestic box office.

Channing Tatum’s canine adventure “Dog” took fifth place, pushing “Spider-Man: No Way Home” out of the top five for the first time in 14 weeks.

“Dog” grossed $4 million from 3,307 locations, bringing the film’s North American total to $54 million. It’s a great result for MGM’s buddy comedy, which cost just $15 million to make. And it’s encouraging proof that studios can still make non-superhero movies that turn a profit — as long as budgets don’t spin out of control.

And “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – even after three and a half months on the big screen – was no slouch, grossing $3.2 million from 2,585 screens. After that weekend, the comic book epic has grossed $797.56 million at the domestic box office. It is just a step away from becoming the third film in history to cross the $800 million mark in North America after “Avengers: Endgame” ($858 million) and “Star Wars: The Awakening of the Force” ($936 million).

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