It’s had a tough time with critics, but that hasn’t stopped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from enjoying a record-breaking weekend in North America, with Warner Bros. DC superhero epic pulling in $170.1 million over the Easter weekend.
The film has registered the sixth-biggest opening of all-time, and set records for the biggest Easter opening (overtaking Fast & Furious 7’s $147.2 million), biggest March and pre-summer opening (beating The Hunter Games‘ $152.5 million), and biggest opening for a DC movie (previously The Dark Knight Rises on $160.9 million). In fact, it’s also delievred Warner its best-ever opening weekend, a record that had been held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on $169.2 million).
We’re still waiting on the international numbers; the film had been tipped for a $350 million global bow, but will likely exceed that estimate. We’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: The film’s opening weekend has now been adjusted down to $166.1 million
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out now and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as The Flash, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth, Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch, Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) as Mercy Graves, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Martha Wayne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Thomas Wayne, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Wallace Keefe and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) as Anatoli Knyazev.