‘Batman V Superman’ Shatters Box Office Records, Makes $400M Easter Weekend Debut

Batman V Superman

Despite the negative reviews and “Sad Affleck” memes on the internet, “Batman V Superman” is a success at the box office. The Zack Snyder-directed film is a follow-up to 2013’s Henry Cavill starrer, “Man of Steel.”

Scott Mendelson of Forbes reports that “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” has topped $400 million (about AU$532 million) overseas. In the US, the film made $170 million (about AU$ 226 million) and internationally it made $254 million (about AU$338 million).

Mendelson notes further that the 59 percent of the overseas total was generated from 3D screenings and the global total amount came from as many as 945 IMAX screens. The IMAX version will shift between the 2.39:1 aspect ratio to the taller 1.43:1 in 15/70 IMAX screens. The future of the forthcoming “Justice League Part 1,” “Wonder Woman,” and more “Batman” movies looks secure for now.

Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline reports that “Batman V Superman’s” strong global opening makes it the fifth biggest foreign opener and the fourth biggest opener in the US. The other four biggest overseas debuts are “Jurassic World,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” All of these crossed the $1 billion mark globally. There’s no reason to think “Batman V Superman” won’t enter the same club.

A Warner Bros. (WB) studio executive told Tartaglione that, “The reviews did not matter at all. Every market is over-performing.” On the other hand, WB’s Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said, “Our excellent date allows us to take advantage of the spring holidays with a five-week window until the next superhero film. Based on the strong word of mouth by fans we can look forward to a long and prosperous run.”

Pro.boxoffice.com notes the following overseas records, as reported by Warner Bros.

  • Biggest Superhero opening weekend of all time
  • All time biggest March opening
  • WB’s biggest opening of all-time in China
  • WB’s biggest IMAX opening of all time
  • 2nd biggest WB international opening of all time (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Biggest opening for a Ben Affleck film
  • Biggest opening for a Zack Snyder film
  • Biggest opening for a Henry Cavill film

All of this is great news for Snyder, Warner Bros., and the fans of DC comics. It seems that Marvel studios will now have a fair fight brought to them.

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