Batman v Superman Passes $500 Million Globally
$500 million in five days.
Despite a lukewarm critical reception, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to climb the box office charts, now passing $500 million worldwide after its first five days.
Variety reports that the superhero showdown movie made $12.2 million on Tuesday in the US and $32.9 million internationally, pushing the film to $501.9 million worldwide since its debut on March 25.
Following 2013's Man of Steel, Batman v Superman is the first in a new DC Comics cinematic universe series, with spinoffs and sequels for the two title characters, along with the villains, to come later. Director Zack Snyder is also going to be behind the camera for the upcoming Justice League movies.
Additionally, Variety points out that Batman v Superman continues to benefit from a lack of major competition. There won't be another big-budget movie until Disney's live-action Jungle Book movie arrives on April 15.
Batman v Superman made $170.1 million Thursday-Sunday domestically last week, 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.
As mentioned, Batman v Superman reviews weren't exactly kind; the movie has a 44 rating on GameSpot sister site Metacritic, while it stands at a 29% freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes. In wake of this middling reception, the movie's stars and director have spoken up to address the critical reviews.
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