From THR, the victory that WB so desperately needed after a fairly bleak 2015 has come, as the studio reports that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be raking in an estimated $170.1 million dollars this weekend.
Snyder’s film, which currently stands at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, defied its critics with the #6 all-time opening weekend, and the fourth best superhero opening behind The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3.
And while the numbers haven’t been made immediately available, its day and date release in China is expected to be equally large, giving this start to the DC movie-verse a big international boost as well.
The studio has quite a bit of catching up to do monetarily, as the film has a publicly announced $250 million dollar budget (before marketing), and many report that the actual total is quite higher than that. Either way, WB needed a big win here and they got it this weekend. How much will it hold for the 2nd weekend? A “B” Cinemascore from audience-goers isn’t a great sign, but it also has literally no competition for the next two weeks before The Jungle Book opens on April 15th.
I’d expect to see some pretty happy folks at the studio right now, and this likely secures Snyder’s Justice League April 11th start date.
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