Warner Bros.’ The Batman continued to dominate the box office for the third week in a row with an estimated $36.8 million in sales, while Crunchyroll’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was able to pack theaters with anime fans for a strong second place finish to the tune of $17.7 million.
The Batman’s second weekend only fell off by -50.7% from the previous weekend, bringing its domestic total to $238.5 million.
Warner Bros. did the ole’ “DC Shuffle” yesterday with all of their highly-anticipated (and heavily marketed) films, moving Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Flash to 2023 and Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods to new dates in 2022.
Featuring tremendous hand-to-hand combat sequences but light on character development despite its three-hour runtime, The Batman achieves the feel of a great Batman movie without capturing the soul of one.
With Robert Pattinson under the cowl, The Batman took in $57 million on Friday (including $21.6 million for late Thursday showings), and looks to have legs, with a positive fan and critical reception so far.
While Matt Reeves upcoming The Batman film looks to be a dark, meditative examination of the character, the Little Caesar’s tie-in is a little more “cheesy”.