Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) and Robin (Michael Cera) star in “The Lego Batman Movie.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE” isn’t simply a refreshing alternate take on how to depict the Caped Crusader. It’s now even rivaling some of its live-action Batman elders at the box office.

“Lego Batman” is an animated love letter to the DC superhero in his many iterations over the past eight decades — an appreciative but subversive spoof of Batman as cultural behemoth.

But this cinematic wink is so winning that it just won its second domestic weekend, grossing $42.5 million to nearly double the take of the second-place “Fifty Shades Darker” ($23.3 million) and third-place “The Great Wall” ($21.7 million).

“Lego Batman” has a domestic take of $107 million after 11 days of release — rivaling the 11-day opening total of “Batman Begins” ($113.9 million).

For comparison’s sake, 1997’s “Batman and Robin” had a total domestic take of $107.3 million, which translates to $202.3 million in today’s dollars. Domestically, “The Dark Knight” remains the most successful Batman film, grossing $534.8 million . That 2008 sequel amassed $324 million after 11 days.

“Lego Batman” also had a second-weekend drop of just 37.7 percent — better than “Batman Begins” (43 percent), 1992’s “Batman Returns” (44 percent), 1995’s “Batman Forever” (45 percent), 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (53 percent), 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (61 percent) and last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (69 percent).

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Domestically, “Lego Batman” is the second biggest release so far in 2017, trailing only “Split” ($125 million). The animated hit has also tallied $179 million worldwide.

Not bad on a reported $80 million budget — relatively modest for any film featuring a cape.

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