Though Warner Bros.' "The Batman" made headlines as one of the films yanked from Russia in protest to the country's invasion of Ukraine, the DC blockbuster is predicted to be the greatest box office smash since "Spider-Man: No Way Home" over three months ago. The Batman Day 1 box office collection numbers are expected to be high.
Robert Pattinson's debut as Gotham City's avenging crusader is a significant film for Warner Bros., as it marks the studio's return to producing theatrically exclusive films after all of the studio's 2021 films were released concurrently on HBO Max. It's also the start of Warner's considerably more blockbuster-heavy theatrical approach, with the studio releasing just nine pictures this year, five of which are based on DC Comics.
And all signs point to that slate getting off to a solid start, with "The Batman" opening weekend forecasts starting at USD 115 million. That would make it only the second picture since the pandemic began to earn a domestic opening of more over USD 100 million, joining "No Way Home." Warner Bros. maintains their modest studio prediction of USD 90 million.
When the Riddler, a vicious serial murderer, begins murdering Gotham's important political figures, Batman is forced to probe the city's secret corruption and question his family's participation. The movie stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, & Colin Farrell in key roles.