Warner Bros. has announced that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is passing the $700 million mark in worldwide box office on Tuesday.
The studio said the tentpole pulled in $14.3 million on Monday for a worldwide total of $698 million — $263.7 million domestically and another $434 million internationally.
“Batman v Superman” took in most of its North American gross in its opening weekend with $166 million, followed by a 69% drop to $51.3 million. It’s facing competition this upcoming weekend from the opening of Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss,” which will probably take in about $21 million.
“Batman v Superman” will probably hold on to the top slot for the third consecutive weekend with about $25 million in the U.S. The film has taken in $86 million in its first 10 days in China, coming in third in its second weekend with $12.6 million — a 78% decline.
With the film running out of steam, it now appears that “Batman v Superman” might not make it to the $1 billion global milestone. Warner Bros. paid $250 million to make the movie, hoping it would set the stage for a series of sequels and spinoffs featuring DC Comics superheroes such as the Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Dawn of Justice” is a sequel to 2013’s “Man of Steel” with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill starring. Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot also star in what is the first live-action film to feature both Batman and Superman.
The plethora of downbeat reviews and a less-than-impressive B CinemaScore appear to be diminishing enthusiasm for repeat viewings among fans.