“The Batman” topped the box office, but who expected “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” to take second place?

“The Batman” remained at the top of the US box office for the third weekend in a row, while two small releases from independent studios made their way to the upper ranks of the highest-grossing films.

What happened: There were no surprises in “The Batman” by AT&T J The Warner Bros division. continues to draw audiences, grossing $36.8 million from 4,302 theaters. The film crossed the $300 million mark for its domestic theatrical release. On a global spectrum, “The Batman” is approaching the $600 million mark for ticket sales.

But the real surprise was the weekend’s second place among the highest-grossing films: the animated feature “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” by Crunchyroll / Funimation premiered this weekend with $17.7 million in 2,297 theaters. This offered a very rare opportunity when a new anime theatrical release cracked the top five United States list of weekend box office champions.

Another surprise was fourth place for A24 horror movie “X,” which racked up $4.4 million from 2,865 theaters in its first weekend. “X” had its world premiere on March 13 at SXSW and was fueled by a very strong critical response – website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive rating of 96%.

Sony Pictures’ SONY “Uncharted” was the weekend’s third-highest-grossing film with $8 million from 3,700 theaters, bringing its five-week domestic release total to $125.8 million. United Artists Releasing’s “Dog” finished with $4.09 million from 3,307, bringing its five-week theatrical release total to $54.2 million.

And Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” finally fell out of the top five in its 14th week in theaters with a take of $3.2 million from 2,585; the film has grossed $797.5 million since its theatrical release in the United States

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What happens next: Next weekend, a major film will be released nationwide: from Paramount PARA A “The Lost City,” a comedy-romance-adventure-thriller with a star-studded cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and brad pitt.

Among the films that are released in limited release are Warner Bros.’ “The Duke”, a British art heist comedy starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren which was originally scheduled to open in 2020 but has been on hold until now; Bleeker Street “Infinite Storm” with Naomi Watts as a mountaineer who encounters a stranded man while descending from a peak in the face of a blizzard; and lionsgate (NYSE: LGF-A) British romantic drama “Mothering Sunday” starring Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and Glenda Jackson.

Kino Cult, a division of Kino Lorberteams up with Alamo Drafthouse cinema channel on a reissue of At Brian Trenchard-Smith’s “Stunt Rock”, cult film from 1978, with the legendary Australian stuntman Grants Page. Promoted as “part documentary, part rock movie and all kinds of crazy,” the film is presented in a new 4K restoration.

Also happening: Marina Kuderchukthe leader of Ukrainian State Film Agencyy, calls on the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals to ban “any content created in Russia or in co-production with Russia” from their respective exhibitions.

According to a report by Screen Daily, Kuderchuk’s request came after both festivals said they would not ban films by Russian filmmakers opposed to the war in Ukraine and the increasingly repressive domestic policies of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin. But Kuderchuk claimed that “the Russian Federation is wholeheartedly plagued by a totalitarian regime where the very notion of freedom is non-existent.”

“By supporting Russian filmmakers, you are not only encouraging the Russian Federation’s aggression, but also helping to fund it,” she said. “Today, this funding of a terrorist country, which no longer tolerates free and independent arts, is unacceptable.”

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Photo: A scene from ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0’ via Crunchyroll/Funimation

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