“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” gave a big middle finger to movie critics everywhere this weekend, bringing home an estimated $424.1 million worldwide.
The record-breaking performance saw the super-hero film set a new domestic March opening weekend record and it also became the largest domestic opening for Warner Bros. ever.
Despite negative reviews and a 29% rating on RottenTomatoes, Dawn on Justitce opened with an estimated $170.1 million, easily topping the March opening weekend record previously held by the first Hunger Games movie ($152.5 million).
Assuming these estimates hold, and there’s no reason to think they won’t, BvS will also top the $169.1 million “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” opened with in 2011, making it the largest domestic opening for the studio.
As if that wasn’t enough, this is also the largest Easter opening of all time, topping the $147.1 million brought in by “Furious 7” just last year. And there’s more! Dawn of Justice now owns the largest opening for a film based on a DC Comics property, a record previously held by 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” at $160.8 million.
As far as the audience perspective goes, Batman v Superman received a “B” CinemaScore with a “B-” coming from men, which made up 62% of the audience, and “B” from women. And for what its worth: audience members under the age of 18, however, scored it an “A-“.
The film brought in an estimated $254 million internationally this weekend, giving it the fifth largest international opening weekend of all-time. The global opening of $424.1 million is the fourth largest of all-time. Setting all sorts of records is one thing, how the film holds up from here is another.
Coming in third place with an estimated $18.1 million, Universal’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” finished just as manuy expected, pulling in a solid $5,784 per theater average from 3,133 theaters. The film scored an “A-” CinemaScore, which will likely help it over the next few weeks.
I doubt the sequel will be as popular as the original film. But chances are the new movie didn’t cost a ton of money to produce, so it should make a profit for the studio.