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Box Office History for Batman Movies

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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Jun 23, 1989 Batman $35,000,000 $40,489,746 $251,188,924 $411,348,924  
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 $184,031,112 $336,529,144  
Jun 20, 1997 Batman & Robin $125,000,000 $42,872,605 $107,325,195 $238,317,814  
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 $1,001,620,618  
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  
Feb 2, 2016 Batman Bad: Blood     $0 $0  
Mar 25, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $250,000,000 $166,007,347 $330,360,194 $868,160,194 Play
Unknown The Batman     $0 $0  
 Totals$1,203,500,000 $2,228,184,682$4,572,000,197 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Feb 26, 2008 Justice League - The New Frontier $6,087,407   $6,087,407
Jul 8, 2008 Batman: Gotham Knight $9,722,953   $9,722,953
Dec 9, 2008 The Dark Knight $282,614,109 $33,616,238 $316,230,347
Dec 4, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $71,918,658 $80,664,437 $152,583,095
Sep 25, 2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 $3,390,005 $2,507,840 $5,897,845
Jan 29, 2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 $1,868,662 $2,277,729 $4,146,391
Apr 28, 2015 Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts $651,361 $350,894 $1,002,255
Feb 2, 2016 Batman Bad: Blood $2,137,000 $2,395,258 $4,532,258
Jun 28, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $21,826,915 $55,702,099 $77,529,014

Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. The market share is converted into a weekly sales estimate based on industry reports on the overall size of the market, including reports published in Home Media Magazine.

For example, if our weekly retail survey estimates that a particular title sold 1% of all units that week, and the industry reports sales of 1,500,000 units in total, we will estimate 15,000 units were sold of that title. The consumer spending estimate is based on the average sales price for the title in the retailers we survey.

We refine our estimates from week to week as more data becomes available. In particular, we adjust weekly sales figures for the quarter once the total market estimates are published by the Digital Entertainment Group. Figures will therefore fluctuate each week, and totals for individual titles can go up or down as we update our estimates.

Because sales figures are estimated based on sampling, they will be more accurate for higher-selling titles.

Home Market Releases for July 25th, 2017

July 26th, 2017

Lost in America

The Boss Baby is the biggest release of the week, while Ghost in the Shell is a distant second place. Neither of those films are terrible, but neither are remotely good enough to be a Pick of the Week contender. Gifted was in contention, but in the end, I went with the Criterion Collection release for Lost in America. More...

Featured Blu-ray and DVD Review: Doctor Strange

February 20th, 2017


Doctor Strange was the first time that magic was really strongly introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and some thought the film was a bit of a risk as a result. Instead, the film became the second biggest introductory film in the MCU, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy. Is it as good as its box office numbers would suggest? Or has the MCU become self-sustaining generating hundreds of million of dollars regardless of quality? More...

Thursday Night Previews: New Releases earn Fifty Shades of Green

February 10th, 2017

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker dominated the Thursday previews earning $5.72 million. This is more than the other two new releases earned combined. On the other hand, it is significantly less than the $8.6 million the original made two years ago. Additionally, its reviews are significantly weaker than its predecessors’ reviews were. This will lead to shorter legs and an opening that is closer to $40 million than $50 million. More...

2016 Preview: March

March 1st, 2016


It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.

As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 2nd, 2014

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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? More...

Blu-ray Sales: Blu-ray Has New Life

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. More...

Weekend Estimates: Man of Steel Posts Biggest June Weekend

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. More...

2013 Preview: June

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. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Ted Loves Being High (Definition)

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. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Dark Knight One-Two Punches Its Way to the Top

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. More...

DVD Sales: Dark Knight Shines on the Home Market

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. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 4th, 2012

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. More...

2012 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

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... More...

Weekend Estimates: Breaking Dawn Posts 8th-Biggest Weekend

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. More...

Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Michael Gough 4 Alfred Pennyworth $1,253,020,173 $2,981,415,170 42.0%
Pat Hingle 4 Commissioner Gordon $1,253,020,173 $1,927,797,419 65.0%
Christian Bale 3 Batman/Bruce Wayne $2,445,202,439 $5,212,770,395 46.9%
Michael Caine 3 Alfred $2,445,202,439 $8,390,490,633 29.1%
Gary Oldman 3 Commissioner Gordon $2,445,202,439 $11,004,501,915 22.2%
Morgan Freeman 3 Lucius Fox $2,445,202,439 $10,463,979,243 23.4%
Patrick Leahy 3 Senator Patrick Leahy $2,108,098,626 $2,108,098,626 100.0%
Michael Keaton 2 Bruce Wayne/Batman $678,173,215 $6,055,355,472 11.2%
Ben Affleck 2 $868,160,194 $5,414,236,097 16.0%
Chris O'Donnell 2 Robin $574,846,958 $1,371,564,040 41.9%
Liam Neeson 2 Henri Ducard $1,443,581,821 $10,021,353,171 14.4%
Elizabeth Sanders 2 Gossip Gerty $574,846,958 $574,846,958 100.0%
Cillian Murphy 2 Dr. Jonathan Crane $1,360,763,340 $3,535,808,024 38.5%
Michael Paul Chan 2 Executive $574,846,958 $926,347,928 62.1%
Kimberly Scott 2 Margaret $574,846,958 $1,412,389,765 40.7%
Jack Betts 2 Fisherman $574,846,958 $1,446,999,193 39.7%
Greg Lauren 2 Aide $574,846,958 $770,260,053 74.6%
John Fink 2 Aztec Museum Guard $574,846,958 $667,872,439 86.1%
Bruce Roberts 2 Handsome Reporter $574,846,958 $574,846,958 100.0%
Joe Sabatino 2 Frosty $574,846,958 $574,846,958 100.0%
Christopher Caso 2 Harvey's Thug $574,846,958 $574,846,958 100.0%
Paul Birchard 2 Another Reporter $1,412,969,542 $2,346,675,110 60.2%
Jim Palmer 2 Harvey's Thug $574,846,958 $1,687,939,400 34.1%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Benjamin Melniker 7 Executive Producer (7) $3,564,762,188 $4,785,820,999 74.5%
Michael E. Uslan 7 Executive Producer (7) $3,698,222,612 $5,141,151,262 71.9%
Bob Kane 6 Character Creator (5)
Based upon the Batman Characters Created by (1)
$3,145,414,563 $3,538,414,388 88.9%
Christopher Nolan 4 Director (3)
Screenwriter (3)
Producer (2)
Story Creator (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$3,313,362,633 $6,342,541,591 52.2%
Charles Roven 4 Producer (4) $3,313,362,633 $8,053,365,343 41.1%
Emma Thomas 4 Producer (3)
Executive Producer (1)
$3,313,362,633 $6,342,249,238 52.2%
David S. Goyer 4 Story Creator (2)
Screenwriter (2)
Executive Producer (1)
$3,313,362,633 $5,158,873,185 64.2%
Hans Zimmer 4 Composer (4) $3,313,362,633 $29,976,079,842 11.1%
Jay Oliva 3 Director (3) $0 $0 0.0%
Tim Burton 3 Director (2)
Producer (2)
$1,014,702,359 $4,810,535,631 21.1%
Wally Pfister 3 Cinematographer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,280,540,981 57.1%
Lee Smith 3 Editor (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,556,845,892 32.4%
Nathan Crowley 3 Production Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,830,869,118 50.6%
Lindy Hemming 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,607,889,230 32.1%
Bob Ringwood 3 Costume Designer (3) $1,014,702,359 $1,757,002,320 57.8%
Chris Corbould 3 Special Effects Supervisor (3) $2,445,202,439 $14,714,759,389 16.6%
Gary A. Rizzo 3 Re-recording Mixer (3) $2,445,202,439 $14,454,526,533 16.9%
John Papsidera 3 Casting Director (3) $2,445,202,439 $11,622,758,825 21.0%
Joel Schumacher 2 Director (2) $574,846,958 $1,690,777,231 34.0%
Butch Lukic 2 Director (2) $0 $0 0.0%
Jon Peters 2 Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$678,173,215 $2,660,996,496 25.5%
Akiva Goldsman 2 Screenwriter (2) $574,846,958 $7,083,316,425 8.1%
Peter Guber 2 Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$678,173,215 $1,289,327,925 52.6%
Jonathan Nolan 2 Screenwriter (2) $2,086,059,717 $2,897,942,601 72.0%
Peter MacGregor-Scott 2 Producer (2) $574,846,958 $1,091,194,146 52.7%
Geoff Johns 2 Executive Producer (1)
Story by (1)
$868,160,194 $3,311,312,594 26.2%
Sam Hamm 2 Story Creator (2)
Screenwriter (1)
$678,173,215 $678,173,215 100.0%
Larry J. Franco 2 Producer (1)
Co-Producer (1)
$625,967,013 $904,540,832 69.2%
Stephen Goldblatt 2 Director of Photography (2) $574,846,958 $1,851,043,845 31.1%
Danny Elfman 2 Composer (2) $678,173,215 $18,750,025,409 3.6%
James Newton Howard 2 Composer (2) $1,360,763,340 $17,408,568,840 7.8%
Kevin Kavanaugh 2 Supervising Art Director (1)
Production Designer (1)
$2,086,059,717 $4,894,238,299 42.6%
Simon Lamont 2 Supervising Art Director (2) $1,360,763,340 $3,777,120,651 36.0%
Naaman Marshall 2 Art Director (1)
Supervising Art Director (1)
$2,086,059,717 $5,034,674,066 41.4%
Paki Smith 2 Set Decorator (2) $1,443,581,821 $1,959,076,270 73.7%
Lora Hirschberg 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,360,763,340 $12,895,877,536 10.6%
Tom Struthers 2 Stunt Coordinator (2) $2,086,059,717 $3,706,166,890 56.3%
Ed Novick 2 Sound Mixer (2) $2,086,059,717 $5,741,778,511 36.3%
Petur Hliddal 2 Sound Editor (1)
Production Sound Mixer (1)
$603,353,435 $3,770,250,310 16.0%
Richard King 2 Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (2)
$2,086,059,717 $8,635,262,766 24.2%
Ve Neill 2 Make-up and Hair Designer (2) $603,353,435 $5,029,548,446 12.0%
Nilo Otero 2 Assistant Director (2) $2,086,059,717 $6,210,353,367 33.6%
Marion Dougherty 2 Casting Director (2) $678,173,215 $783,250,927 86.6%