Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Opens to Massive $424.1 Million Globally

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” racked up the fourth-biggest global opening in history, earning a massive $424.1 million after debuting in almost every major foreign country over the weekend.

The superhero matchup launched to $254 million overseas from 66 markets, including China, where it grossed $57.3 million, the best ever debut for a Warner Bros. release. The enthusiastic response from foreign crowds is good news for the studio, which is counting on “Batman v Superman” to kick off a universe of movie sequels and spinoffs featuring DC Comics characters.

Originally intended to debut in May, Warner Bros. moved “Batman v Superman” to the spring to steer clear of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” and to exploit a period on the calendar that lacks many top-shelf franchise films.

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“Fans around the world have embraced the movie,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The beauty of moving our date is that strategically it allowed us to open up around the world at the same time and in a time frame where there’s not a lot of competition.”

The scheduling paid off, with “Batman v Superman” ranking as the biggest global debut for a superhero film, as well as the second best ever for a Warner Bros. release, behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s” $483.2 million launch.

Among notable territories, the film bowed to $21.9 million in the United Kingdom; $18.6 million in Mexico; $12.2 million in Brazil; $10.5 million in Korea; $10 million in Australia; and $8.5 million in Russia.

Domestically, “Batman v Superman” dominated the Easter box office, earning $170.1 million to set a new record for a March debut.

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  1. ron says:

    Huge disappointment! Didn’t like this movie at all.

  2. pixeltender says:

    I enjoy the Marvel movies, but I’ve never wanted to see one in the theater a 2nd time. BvS I do. I’ve never left a Marvel movie humming parts of the score (or remembering any of it, for that matter). BvS I did.

    Marvel’s got a great thing going on, but I’m glad DC’s forging this unique path for themselves. Very excited about the next installments.

    • BR says:

      Well-said. They just have different styles. I enjoy Marvel (generally), but I also really liked BvS. The brooding, thoughtful story may be less popular, but I’m happy that it’s there to provide more variety.

  3. Irene black says:

    Superman is my fave superhero and fuck the critics I’ll watch this movie again.

  4. Dont Lie for Them says:

    And what about the PERSISTENT rumors for the last several months that they were going to hide BvS merchandise and licensing fees in this number to pad the ticket sales so they could fake a strong opening weekend no matter what?

  5. Silas says:

    If people love this movie, why do audiences give it a B cinemascore, along with the likes of Green Lantern, Fantastic Four (2005), Catwoman, and Elektra?

  6. Lance says:

    Massive drop next weekend…

  7. Seyed Arshad says:

    It is important to note, that #BatmanvsSuperman creating Box Office records despite negative reviews. I’ve never seen a movie criticized like this before. But, people love this movie….

    • therealeverton says:

      Really, this is in no way a big example of a film getting savaged by critics. Fantastic Four from last year is a film that got much worse savaging from critics. There are several.

  8. chavocaco says:

    Man, I cannot stop thinking about this film. Loved it so much. Watching it again next weekend. It’s even more complex than Man of Steel. I just love complex movies that make you think and pay attention to the dialogue of the characters. BvS did that for me. Lex Luthor manipulated the heck out of everyone. He knew about Clark, that’s why he knew Superman would show up to rescue Lane at the beginning of the movie. So much to discuss…loved it.

  9. Mark Jones says:

    Batman vs. Superman was a great movie to me considering all that it has taken to get the Justice League to the big screen. With that said it is amazing that many people wanted this movie to fail. I read the reviews of most critics who saw the movie prior to the opening and they mostly trashed everything about the movie. Once I saw the movie I realized the critics who trashed the movie must not read comic books.

    Zack Snyder spun a tale of various incarnations of our favorite Justice League Heroes. Even down to Batman using a gun. Anyone who knows the true history of Batman nose that indeed Batman used to use a pistol in his fight against Crime.

    It’s almost as if there is a Apple vs. Samsung attitude here by most critics who saw the movie. Its almost like they’re saying Marvel is superior to what DC Comics is trying to do. It’s like they’re saying that this DC product is an inferior device compared to the product Marvel produces. If my memory serves me correct that first Avengers movie was not all that and some other Marvel products did not live up to what they were supposed to as well… Remember X-men 3 anyone??? Although that is a Marvel and Sony product and not Marvel and Disney bottom line it’s still Marvel!

    Batman vs Superman is getting the last laugh at the box office as it appear… They are going to break some records this weekend. So take that critics you hated the movie but apparently many people went to see it and from looking at polls many people enjoyed it as well!!!

    • René Walter says:

      I know its futile to discuss with a person that uses three question marks, but here we go: The Point of the critics is not, that batman uses a gun or that metropolis resides next to gotham or any of that. The Point is, that the script is a confusing mess and the movie sucks in consequence. On top of that, Snyder has an outstanding eye for visuals and frames, but he can’t tell a story. That’s why this movie is bad by objective craft-measurements. No BatsSupesClobberingTime can change that, sorry.

      I hope, too, that the movie will do well, I want to see James Wans Version of Aquaman and I’d love to see, what they’ll do with the Flash and all. But this movie is an extremely weak starting point, creatively speaking, and I guess the dropoff at the box office next week will be massive, due to word of mouth.

      Also, here’s news to you: I read DC-Comics for 30 years now. And you really, really, really should not use thee question-marks.

      • ray says:

        whatever beef you have with 3 question marks, i have similar feelings with people ending their sentences with a condescending “sorry”.

        now will you change your ways or just expect Mark Jones to change his?

  10. Jimmy says:

    Way to go Warner Bros. BvS is a great movie that launches a wonderful universe. The complexity and compelling nature of DC’s comic book movies will contrast nicely with Marvel’s lighter movies.

    • chavocaco says:

      Yes, I agree. They cannot all be light and funny. BvS had some negatives, but it really has some amazing visuals, touching moments, and intense sequences. I also loooved Wonder Woman and the music they played every time she showed up. she was fierce. And the way she looks at Lois in the end showed a sweet, caring side to her character. i know a lot of people that cried during two very touching moments that I can’t talk about because theyre spoilers.

  11. Mike says:

    Even if it drops like Harry Potter did, it will end up earning 1.17 billion!!..so it’s a HUGE win

  12. Red Queen says:

    That is great indeed, but the question is: how much will it drop from this week to the next? I love this movie and I really want it to do well…

    • Actorul says:

      let’s hope will do enough so that we can have the DCCU moving on schedule. The movie wasn;t perfect, but not BAD.. it was ok, it could’ve been better but it deserved much lighter reviews than what it got.

    • HAL says:

      Critics don’t necessarily decide how much a film drops. Harry Potter 8 got 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and dropped more than 70% in its second weekend.

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