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Batman V Superman dominated the box office this weekend

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Day versus night! Bat of Gotham versus last son of Krypton! Your bladder up against a tag team of watered-down movie coke and a movie runtime that stretched over two hours. Whatever your thoughts are on Batman V Superman, it’s hard to deny that Warner Bros. was taking a big risk on cramming two of their most iconic characters into one film and throwing an obscene amount of cash at the production budget.

A risky gamble, but one that has paid off as Batman V Superman pretty much cleaned up at the box office this weekend. With a combined haul of over $424.1 million so far according to BoxOfficeMojo, Batman V Superman has broken previous March records, surpassing the opening US weekend of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

With $170.1 million from its first weekend, Batman V Superman now holds the record for the largest opening of a DC Comics property, surpassing the 2012 total of $160.8 million set by The Dark Knight Rises. It’s also now the largest Easter opening in history, edging out the $147.1 million total set previously by Furious 7.


All that, and with dozens of film critics calling for blood in a swathe of reviews that were mostly negative. Audiences have been far kinder however, with positive word of mouth easily surpassing any notion of superhero fatigue at the box office. What will really seal the deal on Batman V Superman being a winner however, is longevity.  Opening on over 4000 screens in the US and dozens of international territories this week as well, the speculation here is that the Man of Steel sequel will see somewhere in the region of a 60% drop in ticket sales next week in the US.

International sales will be the benchmark for film success, as global territories saw China delivering the biggest audience again with $57.3 million in sales over three days, while other regions such as the UK ($21.9m), Mexico ($18.6m), Brazil ($12.2m), Korea ($10.5m), Australia ($10.0m), Russia ($8.5m), France ($8.4m), Germany ($8.2m), Spain ($6.3m), Italy ($5.8m) and Japan ($4.4m) all chipped in some Batman fever in dollar sales.

But for now, DC and Warner Bros. have plenty of cause to celebrate this Easter weekend, as the future of that cinematic universe is looking rosy.

Last Updated: March 27, 2016


  1. Well the movie kicked ass ! No surprise. Zacky my boy….. you did good


  2. RinceThis

    March 28, 2016 at 07:14



    • Hammersteyn

      March 29, 2016 at 09:45

      Very good. I watched it on Sunday. Affleck > Bale


  3. Jim Hogan (Banana Hulk Hogan)

    March 28, 2016 at 11:18

    The user scores on rotten tomatoes just shows how absolutely out of touch movie reviewers have become. Who are they writing for? Or has movie reviewing truly entered the zone of mental masturbation (like food critics)? Look at me, I’m so smart!


    • Fox1 - Retro

      March 28, 2016 at 20:47

      Same goes for game reviews. These things become more scrutinized in the age of social media.


      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        March 29, 2016 at 07:49

        Especially game reviews… have a look at a few of The Divisions scores and you will see just how little coherency there actually is…


    • For the Emperor!

      March 29, 2016 at 08:30

      One or two action/comic-book movies get “everything” right, then I think they go into action movies expecting something like “Citizen Cane” or “Gone with the wind” these days. These movies do not need the best plot! It just needs decent acting (really liked Bat-fleck, Super-Cavil and Iron-Alfred), passable plots and GOOD ACTION to be successful and likeable. Angry Joe had a good spoiler free review for me, where he had two scores – Fan score and Critic score. Yes, “critically” not the best movie, but VERY enjoyable to me (has some flaws like Alexander Luthor).


    • miaau

      March 29, 2016 at 09:37

      It entered that period years ago (80’s, 90’s), films graded according to film school criteria. I stopped reading movie reviews a long time ago, as I found them full of crap.

      Game reviews too, for the most part, but nowhere near as pretentious. For example, I like some of Kervyn on theMovies.co.za, as there is no hint of “falseness”. He reviews it like we watch it, but clearly has more movie and film knowledge than the rest of us. Still do not read all his reviews.


  4. iusedtobe(a)regular

    March 28, 2016 at 14:51

    Moviegoers just gave the critics a nice big kick in junk.


  5. For the Emperor!

    March 29, 2016 at 08:26

    Action was VERY solid and exciting! I liked the movie. Biggest issue for me was Alexander Luthor…that was cringe worthy. And sometimes I started feeling lost with all the jumping around.


    • miaau

      March 29, 2016 at 09:27

      Yeah, I heard that from everybody who saw it. Great movie, but the jumping around in plot was done badly.


  6. Francois Knoetze

    March 29, 2016 at 11:22

    Really solid movie! Loved every minute of it. Affleck did a great job as the new Batman. It was a darker more desperate Batman.


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