Robert Pattinson as "The Batman." Photo courtesy of WB

‘The Batman’ snags $128.5 million box office opening

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“The Batman” grappled an estimated $128.5 million at the North American box office over the weekend, according Warner Bros.

The opening crusaded past expectations that looked at the movie making closer to $100 million. It stands as the best opening of 2022 so far.

“The Batman” is the fifth biggest opening for a DC Comics movie, the third biggest for the DCEU, trailing behind “Batman vs. Superman” ($166,007,347) and “Suicide Squad” ($133,682,248).

The movie is also one of the best releases for a solo Batman film and it’s Warner Bros’ first movie to cross the $100 million threshold for an opening weekend since 2017’s “IT.”

The movie is one of the longest superhero films ever made, timing out at two hours and 56 minutes. “The Batman” scoured an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an “A-” Cinema Score from audiences.

Matt Reeves with Robert Pattinson on the set of “The Batman.” Photo courtesy of WB

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne.

Starring alongside Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse”) as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (“No Time to Die,” “Westworld”) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“The Gentlemen,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as Oswald Cobblepot.

Paul Dano as the Riddler in “The Batman.” Photo courtesy of WB

Reeves (“The Planet of the Apes” franchise) directed from a screenplay by Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers.

The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Dune,” “Lion”); Reeves’ “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund, and editor, William Hoy; editor Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); and Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”). The music is by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (the current “Spider-Man,” “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars” films, “Up”).

Zack Benz

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