|Jun 23, 1989||Batman||$35,000,000||$40,489,330||$248,972,777||$409,132,777|
|Jun 18, 1992||Batman Returns||$80,000,000||$45,687,710||$162,833,635||$266,824,291|
|Dec 25, 1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||$1,406,291||$5,617,391||$5,617,391|
|Jun 16, 1995||Batman Forever||$100,000,000||$52,784,433||$183,997,904||$336,495,936|
|Jun 20, 1997||Batman & Robin||$125,000,000||$42,872,605||$107,308,328||$238,300,947|
|Jun 15, 2005||Batman Begins||$150,000,000||$48,745,440||$205,343,774||$359,142,722|
|Feb 26, 2008||Justice League - The New Frontier||$0||$0|
|Jul 8, 2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||$0||$0|
|Jul 18, 2008||The Dark Knight||$185,000,000||$158,411,483||$533,345,358||$1,002,891,358|
|Jul 20, 2012||The Dark Knight Rises||$275,000,000||$160,887,295||$448,139,099||$1,084,439,099||Play|
|Sep 25, 2012||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1||$0||$0|
|Jan 29, 2013||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2||$3,500,000||$0||$0|
|Apr 28, 2015||Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts||$0||$0|
|Aug 4, 2015||Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem||$0||$0|
|Mar 25, 2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||$0||$0||Play|
|Dec 31, 2016||Batman Bad: Blood||$0||$0|
Box Office History for Batman Movies
|Feb 26, 2008||Justice League - The New Frontier||$5,902,929||$5,902,929|
|Jul 8, 2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||$9,589,733||$9,589,733|
|Dec 9, 2008||The Dark Knight||$282,148,340||$33,376,648||$315,524,988|
|Dec 4, 2012||The Dark Knight Rises||$71,543,945||$79,841,463||$151,385,408|
|Sep 25, 2012||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1||$3,213,264||$2,483,688||$5,696,952|
|Jan 29, 2013||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2||$1,641,672||$2,171,364||$3,813,036|
|Apr 28, 2015||Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts||$614,093||$324,118||$938,211|
December 2nd, 2014
It is a good week / bad week on the home market. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest and possibly the best release of the week and the 3D Combo Pack is a Pick of the Week contender. However, there are several other contenders, including two where I'm still waiting for the screener: Legend of Korra: Book Three - Change on DVD or Blu-ray and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Seven on Blu-ray. However, in the end I went with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Blu-ray.
September 29th, 2014
If you look at our list of franchises, none have made more money in as few installments as Transformers has earned. On the other hand, if you look at the top ten franchises, none of them have earned as much critical scorn as the Transformers films have earned. Only the first one managed to come close to overall positive reviews. Depending on who you talk to, the most recent installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has been called the best of the sequels or the worst of the sequels. Which camp do I fall under?
October 3rd, 2013
The Blu-ray sales chart for the week of July 21st, 2013 had a lot of new releases on top with three of them opening in the top three spots. The best was 42 with 253,000 units / $5.82 million for an opening week Blu-ray share of 34%. That's actually really good for a drama.
June 16th, 2013
2013 has been a nervous time for Warner Bros.. After six straight years as the number one or number two domestic distributor, the studio's main franchise breadwinners, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover are all coming to an end or already played out. They are running in third place for the year to date, and badly need a new money spinner if they are to avoid lean times in 2015 and beyond. This weekend they got their knight in shining armor, or, more accurately, Man of Steel. The reboot of the venerable Superman franchise will open this weekend with $113.08 million, a new record weekend in June and a huge shot in the arm for the studio.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
January 22nd, 2013
Like it did on the DVD sales chart, Ted led a trio of new releases that placed high on the Blu-ray sales chart. The film earned first place with 1.28 million units / $25.64 million for an opening week Blu-ray share of 43%. That's very strong for a comedy, even one aimed at the prime demographic for Blu-ray.
January 20th, 2013
Batman was even more dominant on the Blu-ray sales chart than it was on the DVD sales chart with two new releases earning the top two spots. The Dark Knight Rises earned first place with 2.26 million units / $42.13 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 53%. Meanwhile, the Trilogy Box Set earned second place with 453,000 units / $12.68 million for an opening week Blu-ray share of 58%. The combined totals are not quite as good as The Avengers' debut was, but was still a fantastic start.
January 20th, 2013
New releases dominated the top of the December 9th edition of the DVD sales chart with four of them placing within the top six. Unsurprisingly, The Dark Knight Rises led the way with a stunning result of 2.03 million units / $26.96 million during its first week of release.
December 4th, 2012
It is an awesome week for new releases on the home market. Not only is one of the biggest hits of all time coming out, but there are a number of other releases that are Pick of the Week contenders. The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Finding Nemo, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Two, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season One, Brazil, Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection - Blu-ray, and others. In the end, I went with Finding Nemo: 3D Combo Pack, but it really is an excellent week for prime releases.
November 23rd, 2012
This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. Unlike most years, I'm only halfway done with my Christmas shopping. So what recent, and not so recent releases are prime candidates for the perfect gift this year? Over the next month, we will go over several dozen possibilities with our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is divided into into four sections. This week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on...
November 18th, 2012
The beginning of the end for the Twilight franchise is here, and, as expected, big money is being made by Lionsgate/Summit. While this installment doesn't look like it will break franchise records, Lionsgate is predicting a $141.3 million opening weekend, which will be the 8th-best of all time, assuming it holds up. New Moon will most likely remain the top opener for the franchise with $142.8 million, although it will be a close-run thing. Twilight will most likely end up the 5th-highest-grossing franchise at the domestic box office, behind only the "box office gods", Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman and James Bond.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Michael Gough||4||Alfred Pennyworth||$1,250,753,951||$2,978,607,418||42.0%|
|Pat Hingle||4||Commissioner Gordon||$1,250,753,951||$1,922,210,119||65.1%|
|Christian Bale||3||Bruce Wayne/Batman||$2,446,473,179||$5,023,521,833||48.7%|
|Gary Oldman||3||Commissioner Gordon||$2,446,473,179||$10,617,475,387||23.0%|
|Morgan Freeman||3||Lucius Fox||$2,446,473,179||$9,760,376,979||25.1%|
|Michael Keaton||2||Bruce Wayne/Batman||$675,957,068||$4,994,773,759||13.5%|
|Liam Neeson||2||Henri Ducard||$1,443,581,821||$9,762,032,787||14.8%|
|Kimberly Scott||2||Observatory Associate||$574,796,883||$1,406,854,246||40.9%|
|Cillian Murphy||2||Dr. Jonathan Crane||$1,362,034,080||$2,932,940,279||46.4%|
|Paul Birchard||2||Another Reporter||$1,412,024,135||$1,543,277,488||91.5%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Michael E. Uslan||8||Executive Producer (8)||$3,697,227,130||$4,828,825,915||76.6%|
|Benjamin Melniker||6||Executive Producer (6)||$2,456,034,825||$3,366,239,190||73.0%|
|David S. Goyer||4||
Story Creator (3)
|Charles Roven||4||Producer (4)||$2,446,473,179||$4,627,874,898||52.9%|
|Bob Kane||4||Character Creator (4)||$2,037,991,148||$2,120,136,527||96.1%|
|Jay Oliva||3||Director (3)||$0||$0||0.0%|
Story Creator (1)
|Emma Thomas||3||Producer (3)||$2,446,473,179||$4,933,544,130||49.6%|
|Wally Pfister||3||Director of Photography (3)||$2,446,473,179||$4,242,255,000||57.7%|
|Lee Smith||3||Editor (3)||$2,446,473,179||$6,142,242,762||39.8%|
|Hans Zimmer||3||Composer (3)||$2,446,473,179||$26,847,242,111||9.1%|
|Nathan Crowley||3||Production Designer (3)||$2,446,473,179||$3,939,886,936||62.1%|
|Lindy Hemming||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,446,473,179||$6,436,719,165||38.0%|
|Bob Ringwood||3||Costume Designer (3)||$1,012,453,004||$1,754,752,965||57.7%|
|Chris Corbould||3||Special Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,446,473,179||$11,352,818,760||21.5%|
|Gary A. Rizzo||3||Re-recording Mixer (3)||$2,446,473,179||$10,190,054,125||24.0%|
|John Papsidera||3||Casting Director (3)||$2,446,473,179||$8,146,619,743||30.0%|
|Joel Schumacher||2||Director (2)||$574,796,883||$1,692,859,504||34.0%|
|Butch Lukic||2||Director (2)||$0||$0||0.0%|
Executive Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
|Jonathan Nolan||2||Screenwriter (2)||$2,087,330,457||$2,857,155,717||73.1%|
Story Creator (2)
|Larry J. Franco||2||
|Danny Elfman||2||Composer (2)||$675,957,068||$17,311,331,665||3.9%|
|James Newton Howard||2||Composer (2)||$1,362,034,080||$15,901,267,411||8.6%|
Production Designer (1)
Supervising Art Director (1)
|Simon Lamont||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,362,034,080||$3,778,236,601||36.0%|
Supervising Art Director (1)
Art Director (1)
|Paki Smith||2||Set Decorator (2)||$1,443,581,821||$1,943,181,863||74.3%|
|Lora Hirschberg||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,362,034,080||$10,638,785,204||12.8%|
|Tom Struthers||2||Stunt Coordinator (2)||$2,087,330,457||$2,735,600,349||76.3%|
|Ed Novick||2||Sound Mixer (2)||$2,087,330,457||$5,504,156,932||37.9%|
Sound Editor (1)
Production Sound Mixer (1)
|Ve Neill||2||Make-up and Hair Designer (2)||$603,320,227||$4,750,014,758||12.7%|
Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (2)
|Nilo Otero||2||Assistant Director (2)||$2,087,330,457||$5,650,845,861||36.9%|
|Marion Dougherty||2||Casting Director (2)||$675,957,068||$779,790,898||86.7%|