‘The Batman’ Keeps Gliding as Box Office Leader in Second Weekend

With no new major releases for the weekend, Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” has an easy path to repeating its top performance at the domestic box office. The DC adaptation grossed an additional $18.7 million on Friday from 4,417 locations, more than enough to maintain the No. 1 position on North American charts.

That performance represents a 67% drop-off from the film’s $57 million opening day, though that debut figure also includes $21.6 million from Thursday preview screenings populated by eager fans. Looking solely at last Friday’s numbers, “The Batman” is showing a much more encouraging 47% decline.

Compared to other recent superhero releases, “The Batman” is holding a little less mightily than its peers. In their respective second Fridays, Disney’s “Eternals” dropped 63.2% and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” fell 53.4%, though both of those films represented properties new to moviegoers, thus being less likely to draw a front-loaded performance. When measured up against other WB films featuring the Caped Crusader, “The Batman” is showing a stronger hold than “The Dark Knight Rises” (a 77% drop) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (an 82% drop).

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