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DISAPPOINTING OPENING GROSS
"Batman Begins" at the box office

The Caped Crusader's cinematic origin story raked up a good but not great $73 million at the box-office since opening, lower than industry expectations. Here's the deal, straight from the Box Office Guru:

    "Unlike the first three Batman films which each broke the all-time opening weekend record in their respective years, Batman Begins did not debut like some of today's largest comic book films like "Spider-Man" ($114.8M), "X2: X-Men United" ($85.6M), or even "The Hulk" which launched two years ago this weekend with $62.1M over three days.
    Director Christopher Nolan created a darker and more violent super hero film meant to be truer to the original comic book character and to please hard-core fans who had all but given up on the franchise after 1997's disastrous "Batman & Robin." How the film holds up during the week and in its sophomore frame will be crucial to the future of the franchise. Last June, the studio generated similar rave reviews and fan excitement for its dark "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," but that did not prevent a steep 63% drop on the second weekend.
    Overseas, "Begins" powered its way to $41.7M from 73 markets with approximately 8,000 screens. In many of the markets such as Japan, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, the Dark Knight bowed at number one."

.Check out the chart below for a comparison of the various Bat-Movies. Figures are rounded to the nearest million. Also, keep in mind that ticket prices have risen since 1981. and there are more movie theaters now. Despite all this, the first Tim Burton "Batman" is STILL the undisputed champ at the box office.
It may have opened "weakest" (in 1989 dollars, with lower ticket prices), but its total world-wide gross is still more than any subsequent Batman film. Will "Batman Begins" be able to top its predecessor's monumental total gross of $411 million? With its somewhat weak opening (by today's impossibly high standards), probably not.

MOVIE
Opening weekend
Total USA gross
Total world gross
Batman Begins (2005)
$49 million
$73 million
$115 milion
• Batman and Robin (1997)
$43 mil
$107 mil
$238 mil
• Batman Forever (1995)
$53 mil
$184 mil
$337 mil
• Batman Returns (1992)
$46 mil
$163 mil
$267 mil
• Batman (1989)
$41 mil
$251 mil
$411 mil



DISNEY ADVENTURE MAGAZINE
Batman vs. Spider-Man!

Here's a side-by-side comparison from the latest issue of Disney Adventure magazine. You may disagree with the results, especially if you're a Spider-Man fan. But don't go looking for page 64, like it says at the bottom of the article. This is the Web. There is no page 64.

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NOW BATMAN WANTS TO STAR IN EVERY MOVIE
Mr. Batastic, Bat-Hulk, and Blademan!

Attention Hollywood producers. Batman here! Forget Mr. Fantastic -- I can stretch too! (World's Finest #28 by Jim Mooney.) You don't need The Hulk -- I can be the Bat-Hulk! (Brave and Bold #68 by Sekowsky.) And that vampire guy, Blade? Ha! Fire him, I can be a vampire too. Easily. I've done it a million times. (Notably in Batman #351 by Ernie Colon and Dick Giordano.) Of course... there's only one person whose powers even I, the Dark Knight -- world-famous hero of millions, big-shot movie star -- can't duplicate. Can you guess who I'm talking about? Here's a hint:

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You guessed it. His name is ... Brian Bolland.


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"Hey Batman, remember ME,
Robin the Boy Wonder?

I'm the friggin' sensational
character find of 1940, for God's sake!

I demand IN on the sequel!
I want points! I want 'Robin Begins!'

.Or I'll tell everyone
you're Bruce Wayne!

I mean it! Wait! Wait!

Come back ...

... please ...

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