Batman v Superman Is Breaking Box Office Records [UPDATE]
Critical reviews can't stop Dawn of Justice from breaking records.
[UPDATE 2] The weekend numbers are in (via Deadline) and Batman v Superman continues to impress at the box office. It made $170.1 million Thursday-Sunday domestically, representing a new all-time record for Warner Bros, passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($169.1 million). It also eclipsed The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) for the best March opening of all time and soared above Furious 7 ($147.2 million) for the best Easter weekend opening in history. Additionally, it exceeded The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) to become the best debut for a DC Comics movie.
Worldwide, Batman v Superman has now made $424 million, beating The Avengers, which took in $392.5 million in 2012 for its opening. The Avengers still holds the US opening weekend record ($207.4 million), however. Finally, Batman v Superman is now the fourth biggest global opening ever.
[UPDATE] Following its big Thursday night opening, Batman v Superman continues to break box office records. Deadline reports that the movie made an estimated $82 million on Friday in the US, beating Furious 7's $67.4 million, which was the previous record. It's also on pace to set a new weekend record, taking in $170 million, topping The Hunger Games ($152.5 million).
Additionally, the film is poised to pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million) to become the best opening of all time for Warner Bros.
Keep checking back this weekend for more on updates on Batman v Superman's box office performance.
The original story is below.
Despite a lukewarm critical reception, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice enjoyed a strong showing for its Thursday night opening. The movie brought in $27.7 million domestically, setting a new record for a Thursday night before Easter, eclipsing Furious 7, which made $15.8 million on the same night in 2015.
Furious 7 went on to make $67.4 million on Good Friday last year and $147.2 million for the full weekend. We will report back when Batman v Superman's Friday and weekend numbers are in.
Batman v Superman's Thursday night US opening is nowhere near the all-time Thursday debut, however, as Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a whopping $57 million on December 17, 2015.
According to Variety, which supplied the box office numbers, Batman v Superman had a budget of $250 million. It is projected to make as much as $150 million this weekend, which, if it does, would put it past Furious 7 to become the best US Easter weekend movie ever.
The current record-holder for overall best US March opening is the first Hunger Games movie, which made $152.5 million in March 2012.
Batman v Superman reviews came online earlier this week and the response from critics was mixed. In wake of this, the movie's stars and director have spoken up to address the critical reviews.
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