Robert Pattinson’s The Batman isn’t off to a great start at the China box office.
It was confirmed yesterday that Robert Pattinson’s debut as The Caped Crusader has grossed over $500 million at the worldwide box office. While the film is still expected to do well domestically, all eyes were on China, a nation that has been desperate for some superhero action as Marvel’s Phase 4 films failed to secure releases.
However, the country has been hit with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, which has led to certain cinemas closing their theatres. With cinemas closed and cases rising, The Batman opened poorly to Chinese audiences, signaling future weak performance. The Hollywood Reporter says that Robert Pattinson’s debut earned $2.1 million on Friday, which includes Saturday and Sunday presales.
As poor as the number is, The Batman is still the #1 film in the country. Maoyan, a ticketing app (via Games Radar), reports that Robert Pattinson’s first stint as The Dark Knight will achieve only $33 million in the Middle Kingdom. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to $95 million back in 2016, which makes this an impressively disappointing number for Warner Bros.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter