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By JAKE COYLE, AP Movie Author

NEW YORK (AP) — In its second weekend of launch, Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” simply remained the No. 1 film in North American theaters with $66 million in ticket gross sales, in accordance with studio estimates Sunday, whereas a stay BTS live performance broadcast was one-day-only blockbuster.

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Matt Reeves’ Caped Crusader reboot starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz held effectively in its second week, dropping a modest 51% — a very good fee for a comic book ebook film — from its $134 million debut and bringing its home complete to $238.5 million. It is achieved practically equivalent enterprise abroad, resulting in $463.2 million globally up to now.

“The Batman,” Warner Bros.’ first completely theatrical launch in additional than a yr after experimenting with simultaneous streaming releases via 2021, is anticipated to have a lot of March to itself at theaters. No new vast releases opened over the weekend and “The Batman” ought to stay atop the field workplace for a minimum of one other week. Partly as a result of theaters had been so depending on “The Batman” this month, AMC Leisure and another chains launched ticket costs that had been $1 to $1.50 greater for the movie’s first eight days of launch.

Additionally packing theaters, albeit for a shorter window, was “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul.” The stay broadcast Saturday of the band’s first stage live performance in South Korea sine 2019 grossed $6.8 million in 797 North American theaters. Globally, it made $32.6 million — a testomony to the immense recognition of the South Korean boy band. Tickets to the occasion screenings went for as a lot as $35.

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One promising signal for Hollywood and exhibitors: Motion pictures are holding effectively. Throughout a lot of 2021 amid within the ups and down of the pandemic, most movies struggled to stay sizable attracts after their first or second week in theaters. This weekend, not solely did “The Batman” maintain effectively, so did the weekend’s different high movies.

“Uncharted,” the action-adventure starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, declined solely 17% in its fourth week of launch. The videogame adaptation, from Sony Footage, got here in second with $9.3 million. It grossed $113.4 million domestically.

MGM’s “Canine,” starring Channing Tatum, has additionally had endurance. In its fourth week of launch, it dipped solely 13% with $5.3 million in ticket gross sales. The modestly budgeted movie has made $47.8 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for the info agency Comscore, mentioned these outcomes mirror a stabilizing market after pandemic fluctuations.

“These are unusually small weekend-over-weekend drops,” mentioned Dergarabedian, who famous the dip for “The Batman” was even much less (41%) for those who discounted the movie’s early presales forward of opening weekend. “The highway to restoration is in full swing, it is simply taking some time.”

The paucity of competitors for “The Batman” was partly on account of different studios staying away from one of many yr’s extra anticipated movies. But it surely was additionally reflective of an early 2022 development and modifications accelerated by the pandemic. With extra main films going straight to streaming, theatrical choices are slimmer.

The Walt Disney Co. opted to debut the Pixar movie “Turning Purple” on Disney+, because it did for the earlier two Pixar releases. Earlier than the pandemic, Pixar releases had been a few of Hollywood’s most dependable ticket-sellers. Domee Shi’s “Turning Purple,” the primary Pixar movie immediately solely by a lady, a couple of 13-year-old Asian Canadian woman who turns into a large crimson panda when she feels robust feelings, performed in three theaters domestically (Disney didn’t present gross sales figures) and opened theatrically in 12 worldwide markets the place Disney+ isn’t obtainable. It grossed $3.8 million in these territories.

The discharge schedule, mentioned David A. Gross, who runs the film consultancy Franchise Leisure, stays skinny. He counted 16 vast releases in January and February, whereas there would sometimes be 22 to 25. The Nationwide Affiliation of Theatre Homeowners has known as lack of flicks “a important situation” for theaters.

“However the April and Might titles are robust and they’re extra constant from week to week, which is what we’ve been lacking,” wrote Gross in a publication Sunday. He expects moviegoing to proceed to strengthen within the spring and summer time. If gross sales can attain 80% of 2019 grosses, he says, that may be an excellent end result for the yr.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday via Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in accordance with Comscore. Ultimate home figures shall be launched Monday.

1. “The Batman,” $66 million.

2. “Uncharted,” $9.3 million.

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

4. “Canine,” $5.3 million.

5. “Spider-Man: No Manner Dwelling,” $4.1 million.

6. “Demise on the Nile,” $2.5 million.

7. “Radhe Shyam,” $1.8 million.

8. “Sing 2,” $1.6 million.

9. “Jackass Perpetually,” $1.1 million.

10. “Scream,” $445,000.

Comply with AP Movie Author Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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