‘The Batman’ Officially Surpasses ‘Justice League,’ Hitting $627.8 Million USD at Global Box Office

The Batman has hit yet another global box office milestone in its third weekend out.

While the feat is still noteworthy, The Batman‘s box office numbers do not compare to pre-COVID DC releases. Wonder Woman garnered $822 million USD and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hit $873.6 million USD. Other films including The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises,Joker and Aquaman made over $1 billion USD at the box office. Currently, Pattinson’s brooding version of Batman sits comfortably at the top spot at box offices. He stars alongside Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell and Jeffrey Wright. The film currently has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It remains to be seen how the numbers will continue to climb in the following weeks.

Featuring Pattinson as a deeply emo version of the classic character along with Paul Dano as the Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance by Barry Keoghan as someone, The Batman has benefited from strong reviews and a lack of competition in its first weeks out. Typical of most critics, Collider’s Ross Bonaime wrote, “Reeves has made the best Batman film since The Dark Knight, with a captivating and rich world that reinvigorates characters we’ve already seen on screen over and over again.” It currently enjoys an 85% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

The Batman‘s numbers, along with The Lost City‘s strong first-weekend showing, adds to the generally encouraging trends we’re seeing at theaters. So long as COVID case numbers hover at a somewhat manageable low, it seems, consumers are in the market for bold, loud escapism with strong Rotten Tomatoes ratings. We’ll have to see if audiences carry that forward with any of this week’s upcoming titles, including Jared Leto‘s turn as a vampire antihero in Morbius, the Chris Pine vehicle The Contractor, and darker, smaller release efforts including BarbariansNitram, and You Won’t Be Alone.