'Batman v Superman' pows box office with $170.1 mn debut

Internationally, "Batman v Superman" boasts the biggest superhero opening weekend in history, the all-time biggest March opening and Warner Bros.' second-biggest global opening of all time (behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2").

Audiences flocked to see the battle between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) in the DC Comics film, which also introduced Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).

Batman vs. Superman has now set a new US record for best March opening, best Spring opening and best Easter opening, and sets records for WB's best U.S opening and best DC Comics movie opening with $170.1 million.

Yet, the bad reviews did not prove to be Kryptonite at the box office.

The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. superhero showdown, which cost $250 million to make and some $150 million to market. "It doesn't mean to lecture at you or to hector you, but I do think that it's a ballsy movie and evocative, and a movie that isn't just about two cartoon characters slugging it out". The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is the first of 10 DC Comics adaptations planned by the studio over the next five years.

Now that justice has dawned and the world's biggest crossover movie ever has landed-clunkily-in theaters, the fallout reveals that Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ain't that good. Globally, the Disney Animation blockbuster has earned $696.7 million, pushing it past the likes of "Tangled", "Big Hero 6", and "Ratatouille". "Audiences have to see the movie for themselves".

Henry Cavill said that what fans have to say about "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is more important to him rather than hearing the critics. Imax showings contributed $18 million to the gross, premium large format screens added an estimated $17 million to the earnings, 3D screens were responsible for 40 percent of the opening weekend results, and RealD 3D accounted for an estimated $47 million of the total.



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