Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Racks Up $46 Million Globally on Monday

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” added $46 million to its global box office haul Monday. That includes a $15 million in domestic receipts and pushes the superhero match-up’s worldwide total to $468.6 million.

It’s a massive number, but there are still questions swirling about the film’s long-term health. Reviews have been negative, and the response from viewers has been lukewarm. The picture received a mediocre B CinemaScore, one of the lowest results for either a Superman or Batman film. Given the tepid reaction, the question is how sharply will “Batman v Superman” fall in its second weekend? If word of mouth is bad, the drop could be very steep indeed.

Studio sources, however, say that social media reaction by fans has been largely positive and there have been reports from exhibitors of repeat viewing. The CinemaScore also improves with younger audiences, a demographic that coincides with fanboys. Males under 18 gave the film an A-, while those under 25 gave it a B+.

Related Content China Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Has Okay $56 Million Opening Weekend

Final numbers have not been released, but flash reports indicate that “Batman v Superman” did $9 million worth of business in China on Monday and Tuesday. It opened in the People’s Republic over the weekend, debuting to $57 million over the three-day weekend. That three-day number compares favorably to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($50 million debut) and “Kung Fu Panda 3” ($51 million).

Warner Bros. is counting on “Batman v Superman” to launch a cinematic universe of DC Comics characters, resulting in spin-offs and sequels featuring the two title characters, villains and members of the Justice League.  Zack Snyder directed the film, with Ben Affleck donning Batman’s cape and cowl and Henry Cavill slipping into Superman’s spandex.

Despite the critical griping and mixed fan reaction, the studio believes that “Batman v Superman” will benefit from a lack of competition at the multiplexes. This weekend brings the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Meet the Blacks,” but there’s not another big-budget release until Disney’s “The Jungle Book” hits theaters on April 15.

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  1. Keiran S-C says:

    why are all the variety articles so bias its clearly not written by a competent writer who knows how to construct a fair report, hint dont use “fanboys” as a justification of positive feedback when critics have done a bad job of judging the film fairly as is shown by the general audiences comments and ratings

  2. Cath says:

    What else are people going to see next weekend? Nothing new is really opening next weekend.

    • EricJ says:

      It’s going to be the black movie. I don’t even know what it is, but that’s what happens to Tyler Perry movies when they come out in the week nothing else mainstream is worth seeing.
      Or, y’know, might be Zootopia again, it’s happened.

  3. Sherry S. says:

    I see Variety’s campaign to destroy this movie is still ongoing, but when it crosses $200+ Million by the end of the week, what can you guys do to wreck it? It’s become a joke to read this drivel from the once respected Variety. Move on, you bunch of losers.

  4. Can you folks at media outlets just give up on the hate, please? The movie is making money hand over fist, and faces no significant competition till the beginning of May. Whether it sinks or swim should be left to the viewers in the weeks to come; questioning its financial health when the movie has barely spent 4 days in the theaters sounds pretty stupid.

  5. enoughwiththehate says:

    REALLY Sub-Par blockbuster movies such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Transformers 1,2,3 and 4 never received the kind of hate from media and press that this film has and its completely unwarranted. Yes there are issues, yes it could have been better, but there is still plenty to like about the film. Any other movie that has opened to close to half a billion dollars in the first week would be getting non-stop praise…yet these articles focus on ” how quickly will it fade away?” “Is it still in financial trouble?” enough with the negativity… you tried to de-rail the movie upon trailers and pre-release… It’s a hit, deal with it.

  6. James says:

    “Studio sources, however, say that social media reaction by fans has been largely positive and there have been reports from exhibitors of repeat viewing”

    You’re kidding me, right. You can’t be this naive. Is this “article” a paid ad by Warners and AMC Theaters to keep it from dropping the expected 65% percent on its second weekend?

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    I can’t believe the overall Rotten Tomatoes score is now at 28% (26% for Top Critics). Much lower than Man of Steel (56%) which was as bad as a Superhero flick can be. Even the RT audience score was a little higher for Man of Steel (76%) vs BvS (72%)

  8. GKN says:

    People have been dissing it since before it even started shooting.It’s like listening to the media talk about the Sanders campaign. Can’t win, can’t win… Why the media wants to brainwash everyone into making them fail is clearer in Sanders case. Corporate America owns them all. I really don’t get it in this case, but I like both very much, thank you, and like many, I am not that easily brainwashed.

    • Cath says:

      I was one of the people skeptical about the movie when I heard Affleck was going to be Batman because, quite frankly, I’ve never found him appealing as an actor and just could not see him as Barman. I must say he surprised me as Bruce Wayne. Not as convincing as Batman but fortunately he isn’t in Batman mode much. I would give the movie a “B” but for me a “B” is a good but not perfect movie. It was way better than I expected.

  9. EricJ says:

    Oh, please, Brent, be sure to tell us how much it makes on Wednesday, that’s Senior Day at our local Cinemark.
    (Or is this part of the week-long slow-drain deathwatch countdown to Next Weekend?)

    And be sure to report the GLOBAL figures, because, y’know, we were really disappointed that China didn’t go see it.

  10. Alexander Wells says:

    It’s actually a decent film. It felt relevant to the current world. The plot is convoluted at times but not detrimental in the end.

  11. Alexander Wells says:

    It’s actually a pretty decent film. It felt very relevant to the current world.

  12. Grace says:

    Worth noting Monday was a public holiday in a lot of countries.

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