‘The Batman’ and a BTS concert aired at the box office

NEW YORK (AP) — In its second weekend of release, Warner Bros.’ ‘The Batman’ easily remained the No. 1 movie in North American theaters with $66 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday, while a live broadcast of a BTS concert was a blockbuster. only one day.

Matt Reeves’ Caped Crusader reboot starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz did well in its second week, dropping a modest 51% – a good rate for a comic book movie – from its 134 million debut. dollars and bringing its national total to $238.5 million. It has done almost identical business overseas, generating $463.2 million worldwide so far.

‘The Batman’, Warner Bros.’ first exclusively theatrical release in over a year after experimenting with simultaneous streaming releases through 2021, should have much of March to itself in theaters. No new large-scale releases opened over the weekend, and “The Batman” is expected to stay atop the box office for at least another week. Partly because theaters were so dependent on “The Batman” this month, AMC Entertainment and some other chains introduced ticket prices $1 to $1.50 higher for the film’s first eight days of release.

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul” also wowed theaters, albeit for a shorter window. Saturday’s live broadcast of the group’s first concert in South Korea since 2019 grossed $6.8 million from 797 North American theaters. Globally, it grossed $32.6 million, a testament to the immense popularity of the South Korean boy band. Tickets for screenings of the event cost up to $35.

A promising sign for Hollywood and exhibitors: the films are holding up. For much of 2021 amid the ups and downs of the pandemic, most films have struggled to remain major draws after their first or second week in theaters. This weekend, not only did “The Batman” hold up well, but so did the weekend’s other top movies.

“Uncharted,” the action-adventure starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, fell just 17% in its fourth week of release. The video game adaptation, from Sony Pictures, came in second with $9.3 million. It grossed $113.4 million domestically.

MGM’s “Dog,” starring Channing Tatum, also held up. In its fourth week of release, it only dropped 13% with $5.3 million in ticket sales. The modestly budgeted film grossed $47.8 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data firm Comscore, said the results reflect market stabilization after pandemic swings.

“These are unusually small weekend-over-weekend declines,” said Dergarabedian, who noted that “The Batman”‘s drop was even less (41%) if you didn’t factor in early pre-sales. of the film before the opening weekend. “The road to recovery is in full swing, it just takes a while.”

The lack of competition for “The Batman” was partly due to other studios staying away from one of the most anticipated films of the year. But it also reflected a trend of early 2022 and changes accelerated by the pandemic. With more major movies going straight to streaming, theatrical offerings are slimmer.

The Walt Disney Co. has chosen to launch the Pixar movie “Turning Red” on Disney+, as it has done for Pixar’s two previous releases. Before the pandemic, Pixar releases were among Hollywood’s most reliable ticket sellers. Domee Shi’s “Turning Red,” Pixar’s first direct female-directed film about a 13-year-old Asian-Canadian girl who turns into a giant red panda when she feels strong emotions, was starred in three theaters nationwide (Disney did not provide sales figures) and opened theatrically in 12 international markets where Disney+ is not available. It grossed $3.8 million in those territories.

The release schedule, said David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment, remains slim. It had 16 wide releases in January and February, when there would typically be 22 to 25. The National Association of Theater Owners called the lack of movies a “critical problem” for theaters.

“But the April and May headlines are strong and they are more consistent week over week, which we were missing,” Gross wrote in a newsletter on Sunday. He expects the cinema to continue to strengthen in the spring and summer. If sales can reach 80% of 2019 revenue, he says, that would be a very good result for the year.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “The Batman,” $66 million.

2. “Uncharted,” $9.3 million.

3. “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul,” $6.8 million.

4. “Dog,” $5.3 million.

5. “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” $4.1 million.

6. “Death on the Nile”, $2.5 million.

7. “Radhe Shyam,” $1.8 million.

8. “Sing 2,” $1.6 million.

9. “Jackass Forever,” $1.1 million.

10. “Scream”, $445,000.


Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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