THE BATMAN's First-Week Viewership Numbers Are Out, And They Beat Almost Every Other WB Day-And-Date Release

THE BATMAN's First-Week Viewership Numbers Are Out, And They Beat Almost Every Other WB Day-And-Date Release THE BATMAN's First-Week Viewership Numbers Are Out, And They Beat Almost Every Other WB Day-And-Date Release

The Batman continues to be a success for Warner Bros. Discovery. After making over $750 million at the worldwide box office, a new report has revealed the film's impressive viewership numbers on HBO Max.

By DanielKlissmman - Apr 25, 2022 10:04 PM EST
Filed Under: The Batman
Source: Deadline

The Batman continues to be a blockbuster juggernaut. Having made over $750 million at the worldwide box office, Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is now dominating his streaming home. Deadline published a report on The Batman's first-week viewership numbers on HBO Max for Smart TVs in United States households, and they are very impressive.

Using data provided by television-analytics firm Samba TV, the trade revealed that the film, at 4.1 million views, beat out almost every other day-and-date release by Warner Bros. Discovery from 2021, such as The Suicide Squad (3.5 million), Wonder Woman 1984 (3.2 million), The Matrix Resurrections (3.2 million) and Dune (2.3 million).

Matt Reeves' superhero adventure also had a larger audience than Zack Snyder's Justice League, which had a viewership of 2.2 million during its first seven days. The one film The Batman did not beat was 2020's Mortal Kombat, which was watched by 4.3 million households in week one. 

Keep in mind that the numbers above are specifically for first-week views. At the moment, there's no opening-weekend data available for The Batman, but to put viewership growth from opening weekend to first week into perspective, here are the reported opening-weekend numbers for some of the aforementioned 2021 WB tentpoles, as stated by Samba TV on Twitter and on data given to Variety:

  • The Suicide Squad: 2.8 million.
  • Wonder Woman 1984: 2.2. million.
  • Dune: 1.9 million.
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1.8 million.

Getting more granular, Samba TV reported that The Batman had 720,000 households tune into its HBO Max premiere, compared to the 389,000 thousand that streamed Zack Snyder's Justice League on its release day.

It's worth noting that, since HBO Max's viewership data is not publicly disclosed, there could be a discrepancy between the numbers reported by Samba TV and the movies' actual views. According to Deadline, some streaming services have stated their audiences are larger than what's reported by third parties.  

Warner Bros. Discovery famously revealed in late 2021 that, starting in 2022, it would abide by an exclusive 45-day theatrical window for its releases, after which they would make their way to HBO Max.

There had been some speculation online that the strategy would be detrimental to the studio's box-office earnings. While that could be the case, The Batman's reported success could be an indication of WB's shortened-window approach being a sustainable strategy to boost HBO Max viewership in the long run, contingent on other audience-blockbusters garnering a similar amount of success in the coming years. 

Whether or not every big-budget project on WB's streaming platform will share the same successful fate as Bruce Wayne's latest film remains to be seen. It's something we'll get a clearer idea of as fellow superhero films like Black Adam (October 21, 2022), Shazam! Fury of the Gods (December 16, 2022) and — perhaps to a lesser extent given that it's animated — DC League of Super-Pets (July 29, 2022) arrive on the streaming service.

As mentioned, The Batman is now available to watch on HBO Max, and to purchase digitally with bonus content. 

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Dope21 - 4/25/2022, 10:44 PM
Which ain't saying jack shit!!

The Batman beat the shittiest WW ever. A SS film. Dune which would never be big as a major comic film and crap JL:SC which was never even had a chance of being big.

lol DC is trash
whynot - 4/25/2022, 10:47 PM
@Dope21 - unsure how beating “A SS film” is anything but impressive. The Batman is a critical and financial success sorry that bothers ya but facts are facts
TheVengeance - 4/25/2022, 11:07 PM
@Dope21 - The Batman is the best comic book based film since 2019’s Joker?
Dope21 - 4/25/2022, 11:15 PM
@TheVengeance - you spelled NWH wrong
TheVengeance - 4/26/2022, 12:05 AM
@Dope21 - if you want to include that one, it’s a banger. I think Joker and FFH and NWH were bangers. The Batman is better, but they’re all good.
gunfighterii - 4/26/2022, 6:41 AM
@Dope21 - The lackluster film saved by its final 30 mins? The only thing carrying that film was peoples nostalgia lets be honest
MovieMonster - 4/25/2022, 10:44 PM
OT: Sony Pictures announces new SMU film “El Muerto”, Bad Bunny set to star

Sony is literally throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks. 🤦‍♂️
GhostDog - 4/25/2022, 10:44 PM
@MovieMonster - na…this can’t be real. Ain’t no way
MovieMonster - 4/25/2022, 10:46 PM
@GhostDog - I saw it on Twitter and thought it was a post from one of those fake movie news pages. Nope. It’s real.
JFerguson - 4/25/2022, 10:47 PM
@MovieMonster - LOL. Well at least they’re stepping out of their comfort zone with the property in this case
DrReedRichards - 4/25/2022, 10:55 PM
@MovieMonster, @GhostDog, @JFerguson -

Sony is single-handedly ruining the cinematic legacy of what used to be Marvel's poster-boy on page, and folks are eating it up; either because they enjoy keeping the character himself and his greater gallery out of Feige's full control, or because they just don't know any better.

We deserve this.
JFerguson - 4/25/2022, 11:15 PM
@DrReedRichards -

Or the third reason why sony is doing it:

Dope21 - 4/25/2022, 10:50 PM

Aquaman 2 is screwed. I've been ignoring people for the most part hating on Amber Heard. After watching the Johnny vs Heard case omg!! Heard is every bit of the piece of trash people has been saying she is. An uber super bitch. The testimonies from everyone involved including people who used to work for her all paint her out to be trash.

The audio of her admitting to hitting Depp and lying about all the accusations. Even going far as to say "yeah i lied but the lawyers told me too.

People will riot if she's in Aquaman 2. That movie screwed long as she's in it.

The DC curse contiues
GarthRanzz - 4/26/2022, 1:03 AM
@Dope21 - Well Chris Pratt is the newest boycott actor. Super Mario Bros. they are delaying (not like I had any interest in it). I dont think Amber is a good person but I havent liked Johnny Depp since he played a part or was the reason (unconfirmed but rumoured) River Phoenix died. Its like if OJ's current gf shit in his bed I wouldnt feel sorry for OJ.
Dope21 - 4/26/2022, 9:20 AM
@GarthRanzz - lol mega reach. Now everyone is supposed to hate Johnny now given Amber a pass so DC is successful. Bruh, stop
Dope21 - 4/26/2022, 9:27 AM
@GarthRanzz - lol lmao

"he played a part or was the reason (unconfirmed but rumoured) River Phoenix died."

Bruh we hating people over rumors now just to support DC?!

GarthRanzz - 4/27/2022, 8:08 AM
@Dope21 - Rumors have been around since the 90s. Havent liked him since then. Good actor though.
Forthas - 4/25/2022, 10:58 PM
Warner Brothers can FINALLY be given some credit for at least investing in the more adult character driven films that it is receiving praise. Films like The Batman and Dune offer a different more adult skewing take on science fiction/fantasy/graphic literature adaptations. Dune offers compelling counter programming to Star Wars and DC’s (real-life reflecting films) a counter to Marvel. These films have garnered both commercial success and critical acclaim, unlike films like Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice have invited derision and ridicule. This is the course that Warner Brothers should have been on going on over ten years which was started and abruptly ended with The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel.

BUT....Warner Brothers is still not going to be as successful as Marvel until they have connected their DC properties. Bad decisions like making Joker an isolated franchise and rebooting Batman still reeks of an incompetent approach to managing a once proud studio. Zaslov can either become a storied leader in media history by leveraging their most successful DC franchise and building on it, or risk ANOTHER sale as Warner Brothers wallows in mediocrity by not connecting their DC properties and/or continuing to reboot their most successful IP’s.
TheVengeance - 4/25/2022, 11:06 PM
@Forthas - on one hand you’re right, the other you’re wrong and you described so yourself. DC is better fit with just classic individual stories and continuities. They weren’t even meant to occupy the same world. Connecting all the superheroes isn’t what makes something of high quality or not.
Forthas - 4/25/2022, 11:16 PM
@TheVengeance - Yes they are better off with high quality unconnected film that with the hit an (mostly) misses. But they would be even better off than that if they connected their DC films and leveraged their most successful assets. That is what Marvel did, what is successful, and the proof is in the money Marvel collects every year.
TheVengeance - 4/25/2022, 11:22 PM
@Forthas - they haven’t mostly missed though. DC is successful in their individual character movies. Not everything needs to be Marvel or a shameless rip off of it. Even when the marvel material is clearly more meant to be integrated in the source material than DC was originally. That’s not what quality movies either. Most of Marvel’s flicks are generic cookie cutter. They’ve made money as a total franchise but most of the movies are not. They’re episodic and forgettable and usually comedic on first viewing and don’t have near the same quality on repeat viewings. They’re big budget tv shows. Even down to cinematography, and color grading.
Forthas - 4/26/2022, 12:05 AM
@TheVengeance - I would call “hits”the films that are well recived by the public AND don't lose money for the studio. In the case of DC most of their films since BVS have either been not well received or a financial failure or both. So mostly misses!

I TOTALLY agree with you about the Marvel films. I believe films like Thor Ragnorak are silly. I understand why people enjoy it, but to me it is a film that will be quickly forgotten. With a few exceptions, I don't think they are memorable films. But the fact that they cross promote each individual franchise; allow for more story diversity with the various characters at their disposal; inoculate each individual film from a poor box office by telling part of a broader story; and the overall goodwill towards the shared universe which helps bolster the perception of each individual film, DC should absolutely copy the shared universe model if not the tone of Marvel.

That is why I think DC should stop with the low quality Marvel clones like Shazam and stick to the realistically set film which have thus far been the Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, Joker, and The Batman. ALL of these films have been well received by the public (Yes....even Man of Steel) and none of them have lost money for the studio. If DC had the foresight to connect these films, it would already have a six film universe of solid films instead of now talking about starting from scratch with the HOPE that the next iteration is good. If they fail again, it will be because they either continued copying Marvel or failed to connect their properties.
TheVengeance - 4/26/2022, 1:13 AM
@Forthas - I agree but also disagree that interconnecting characters equals quality. Because it often doesn’t and completely neuters tension in many ways given all the inherent plot holes in all these superheroes existing in the same universe. The Batman was amazing. Man of Steel was clearly meant to have Superman based sequels imitating Nolan’s more grounded and realistic looking visuals. Then the stuff went off the rails trying to quickly cash in on a similar take Marvel was doing. Man of Steel had some flaws keeping it back a tad from being really great. But it looked and felt better than BvS or JL by comparison.
Forthas - 4/26/2022, 8:02 AM
@TheVengeance - See I think we do agree! I am NOT saying that interconnectivity makes a film better, but becuase it is interconnected their are other opportunities for the direction of the story. If you only had Batman films it would probably be limited to Gotham city whereas in an expanded universe Batman must deal with supernatural threats in a sense forcing him to make alliances since he is not capable of handling that level of threat himself.
TheVengeance - 4/26/2022, 11:01 AM
@Forthas - yea, and the best Batman material don’t deal with that type of stuff. As a vigilante superhero meant to be more grounded and gritty, I don’t think it suits the material whatsoever.
TheHumanSpider2 - 4/25/2022, 11:00 PM
Another successful boycott by the Cult!
dracula - 4/26/2022, 12:00 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 -
Forthas - 4/25/2022, 11:18 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - The Batman is a faith based film!
Toecutter - 4/25/2022, 11:23 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Fitting.

LenSkivorskiJr - 4/25/2022, 11:04 PM
dracula - 4/25/2022, 11:58 PM
even something as bad as 1984 beat the snyder cut....oh yeah expect zack snyder back any day now
CaptainMexico - 4/26/2022, 12:23 AM
It’s because everyone falls asleep watching it, and has to start it up twice more to get through it at home. Each household has minimum three watches in the first week.
dracula - 4/26/2022, 1:12 AM
well cult of snyder members calling it a failure and boycotting it
johnnymarr - 4/26/2022, 2:17 AM
Burying the Snyderverse🦇
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