It may be universally reviled by critics, but Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice utterly destroyed the worldwide box office in its opening weekend.
Box Office Mojo reports a global haul of $420 million dollars for the new flick, with $166 million coming from the domestic US market. That’s a new record for a March opening, and a record for an Easter opening, as well.
The film took a mauling from critics, though, with a measly 29% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. While it’s possible the film could continue to defy reviews and rack up even more money as time goes on, some (myself included) believe the negative word-of-mouth will give BvS a huge downward shift in its second weekend.
A lot is riding on the success of Batman v Superman, as the Wonder Woman spin-off is now in post-production, and filming on the tentpole Justice League movie begins in just a few weeks. Suicide Squad, set in the same big screen universe, hits theaters in August, and WB has a slew of other sequels and spin-off scheduled for the coming years, as they attempt to create their own Marvel-esque continuity.
I didn’t get a chance to see BvS myself this past weekend, but I plan to get to it sometime this week. I’ll have a review up as soon as possible.