It’s been a week of ups and downs for the Warner Bros. and DC Comics blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; negative reviews have sent the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score down to around 29%, but out of that has come many box office records all across the world.
In the last week, the Zack Snyder-directed film has collected a staggering $560 million (estimated at close of play Thursday) with $209 million coming from its domestic US total which included a $166 million opening weekend. It also now holds the record for the largest non-summer opening in the US of all-time, the biggest March domestic release of all-time, and the largest worldwide opening ever for a superhero/comic-book property.
Many of last week’s totals are front-loaded of course as the majority of fans pre-booked for the opening day and so a second weekend drop was always expected, especially with the added pressure of the those pesky reviews and word-of-mouth now spread throughout the globe. And as such, the film has dropped a huge 81% from its opening day (although that total included Thursday previews), grossing around $15.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $224 million. The Friday-to-Friday drop itself is 71%.
Box Office Mojo are predicting a second weekend for the film anywhere between $50-70 million. Up against it, the only two big releases are God’s Not Dead 2 which grossed $2.95 million Friday; and comedy Meet the Blacks, which took $1.4 million.
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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.