‘Batman v Superman’ Hits $65 Million Internationally in Early Showings

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UPDATE, 12:53 p.m. PDT – Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has hit an impressive $65.2 million at 19,700 screens in 39 territories in its first launches in international markets.

Early estimates from China showed an opening $21.2 million, setting a new Warner Bros. record and dominating with a 75% market share.

“Batman v Superman” opened in Mexico on Thursday with $5.8 million at 3,800 screens, which includes record-breaking midnight shows, for an 88% share of the top five films. It’s the biggest opening day for a Warner Bros. title and the second-biggest of all time.

Brazil also set a Warner Bros. record for best opening day with $3.5 million at 1,331 screens with previews, accounting for 73% of the top five films.

Germany debuted with $2.8 million on 1,015 screens for the biggest opening of 2016 and top opening ever for a superhero film in the market.

Australia generated a $2.5 million launch day from 594 screens with over 70% of the top five films. The number topped the closest title, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” by over 500%.

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Russia opened with $1.9 million on roughly 2,000 screens, followed by $1.7 million in South Korea on 1,613 screens, capturing 80% of the top five market share.

The UAE grossed $1.1 million on 112 screens (with previews), ranking as the biggest Warner Bros. opening day ever. Four other markets grossed the top Warners opening of all time: Hong Kong ($1.1 million), Singapore ($855,000) Malaysia ($804,000) and Thailand ($740,000).

Spain reeled in $1.1 million in its second day from 702 screens to lift that total to $2.9 million. France’s second day totaled $953,000 from 822 screens for a $2.7 million haul.

The superhero match-up stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. The film carries a whopping $250 million price tag.

Along with the U.S., Friday will see “Batman v Superman” launch in the U.K., Japan and China. Forecasters have pegged opening weekends of $150 million for the U.S. and another $150 million internationally.

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  1. Mark Kovach says:

    Went to see the movie last night and liked it very much. I was entertained throughout the entire film. All characters exceeded my expectations. It is an intelligent movie – more than just an action packed hero showdown with loads of CGI. The story had a deeper meaning – what really is the meaning of right and wrong. Should people be responsible for their actions. Certain actions have consequences. Anyway, the buildup for the shared DCU is served. Bring on the Justice League.

    Will see it again.

  2. Jacques Strappe says:

    Is this also the best opening box office for the most expensive and worst reviewed film in history? Way to go WB. How many more screens than the previous record holders is B v S appearing on and how many more 3-D and IMAX showings? The fantastic claims become even murkier in foreign box office with constant currency fluctuations and varying drop dates for film premieres by country, not to mention the more than doubling of movie theater screens in China just in the last 4 years alone. The studio marketing machines have all learned how to manage the narrative hype for the all important opening weeks of their big budget films, crowing about breaking this and that record. It’s never apples to apples numbers. So, I say, spin it while you can still win it, Warner Bros.

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