‘Batman v Superman’ Climbs to $209.1 Million in First Week in U.S.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has climbed to a record $209.1 — the 10th-highest first-week total — at the U.S. box office.

Pure Flix’s faith-based “God’s Not Dead 2” generated a moderate $400,000 on 1,982 screens at Thursday night preview screenings. Meanwhile, Freestyle Releasing’s spoof “Meet the Blacks” pulled in just under $200,000 in Thursday previews at about 700 theaters.

Warner Bros.’ comic-book tentpole “Batman v Superman” took in $7.7 million on Thursday and is expected to dominate this weekend with around $66 million. That would represent a 60% drop from its $166 million debut.

Despite a lack of critical support, audiences have continued to support the Ben Affleck-Henry Cavill vehicle. Online ticketing service Fandango reported that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is seeing “robust” repeat ticket purchases for the superhero thriller — 30% higher than a typical blockbuster.

The first week of “Batman v Superman” finished far behind the current record-holder, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which took in an astounding $390.8 million in its first seven days in the U.S. “Jurassic World” was the previous record-holder with $296.2 million, followed by “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Iron Man 3” at $212.4 million.

“Batman v Superman” has racked up more than $530 million globally through Wednesday.

The two new entries come into the market with muted expectations.

“God’s Not Dead 2,” a follow-up to its 2014 low-budget hit, will open at more than 2,300 theaters. The movie stars Melissa Joan Hart as a teacher embroiled in controversy for referring to Jesus in class. “God’s Not Dead 2” is expected to pull in about $11 million, which would top the $9.2 million launch of the first film, at 780 locations.

Meet the Blacks,” a parody of the film “The Purge,” follows a family that moves to Los Angeles on the same day that crime becomes legal in the city. The pic should earn $2 million on Friday as it debuts on 1,011 screens, which would give it about $5 million for the weekend.

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