‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Opens With $82 Million, Poised For Record-Setting Weekend

By March 26, 2016

It’s been a weird week for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The long-awaited blockbuster which kicks off the DC Comics Cinematic Universe screened in New York on Monday to rave reviews. Then the official critic reviews started coming out on Tuesday and they were…not nice. When it finally hit theaters Thursday night, it had a RottenTomatoes rating of only 30%. Things were looking pretty bleak for Zack Snyder’s superhero epic, and the big question was whether or not the poor reviews would keep audiences away at the box office.

Answer: not even a little bit.

According to DeadlineDawn of Justice took in a whopping $82 million yesterday and is projected to reach at least $170 million for the weekend. Forbes is reporting the film could make as much as $185 million when all is said and done. After years of doom-and-gloom predictions from “experts”, and of course the mostly-terrible reviews, this thing is a certified smash hit. As someone who absolutely loved Batman v Superman, this is pretty much the best news ever. Well, second-best news after the fact that, you know, it’s a great movie. Because, by the way, this is a great movie. You should go see it.

The $82 million take is the highest pre-summer opening night of all time, passing the previous record held by Furious 7 of $67 million. It’s also the second-biggest superhero Friday of all time, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron which took in $84 million. If it does hit the $170 million mark, it will be the biggest pre-summer weekend ever, passing The Hunger Games which took in $152 million. That number would also give Warner Bros. their biggest opening ever, passing Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, not to mention the last two installments of Chris Nolan’s vaunted Dark Knight trilogy.

Once upon a time, Batman v Superman was supposed to go up against Captain America: Civil War in May. At the time, the decision to move DC’s blockbuster away from a head-to-head match-up with Marvel’s latest was heavily criticized. Well…looks like maybe, just maybe, the powers-that-be at Warner Bros. knew what they were doing. By opening Dawn of Justice on Easter weekend, they’re taking advantage of a broader audience since a lot of folks had yesterday off from work. There’s slight concern that Easter Sunday could soften the film’s take a little, but considering it’s already broken records the studio isn’t likely to panic any time soon.

The 30% rating on RottenTomatoes is still going strong, however fans on that site are giving the film a 73% rating. Cinemascore shows the film receiving a solid B rating. Clearly there is a big disconnect between critics and fans in regards to this movie, which basically means if you aren’t a critic you should go see it right now because you will probably love it. As positive word-of-mouth news spreads amongst fans, we can expect to see the film to continue to rake in cash at the box office. It’s apparent that rumors of DC’s demise at the box office have been greatly exaggerated.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters now, and it is AWESOME.

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  • David Johnson

    I’m not a Snyder Fan but the Fans will be the true test of this movie lets see where the tickets sales are at the end of a month.

  • Student of Alchemy

    A “B” is a low score on the cinemascore scale. As with any polling method, the RT audience score is influenced by the critic score in a “Oh yeah?! You’re wrong, it was actually good/bad!” sort of way. The film is polarizing that way.