Despite Negative Reviews, BATMAN v SUPERMAN Breaks Records


Despite the dark night of reviews of the week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has had a super weekend at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that the sequel to Man of Steel has brought in $424.1 million in worldwide receipts, making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2016. Domestic box office is reported to be $170.1 million.

On the flip side of that success, however, the movie is sitting at an aggregate 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 73%.

Records broken this weekend:


  • The biggest superhero opening weekend of all time
  • Biggest March opening ever
  • Warner Bros.’ biggest China bow ($57.3M)
  • WB’s biggest IMAX opening ($18M)

“The reviews did not matter at all,” an exec tells Deadline. “Every market is over-performing.”

“Fans around the world have embraced the movie,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president, told Variety. “The beauty of moving our date is that strategically it allowed us to open up around the world at the same time and in a time frame where there’s not a lot of competition.” Originally, the film was set to open the same weekend as Captain America: Civil War, but Warners moved it to March to take advantage of the slow month.

The true test will be in the second weekend, where the ticket revenue will either maintain momentum or experience a sharp decline.

Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.



Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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