'Batman V Superman' Box Office Hits $80 Million On Friday, Expected To Reach $169 Million By Sunday

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally in theaters, and while it may unfortunately be getting trashed by several critics, the movie is still headed towards getting the biggest pre-Summer opening record, with $169.5 million domestically, according to Deadline.

BvS brought in $27.7 million in ticket sales on Thursday night, which represents nearly 34 percent of its opening day total on Friday, which is $80.5 million. This is the sixth largest Thursday night opening, bringing in just a little bit more than Avengers: Age of Ultron on its Thursday night opening. Dawn of Justice can edge out The Hunger Games' $152.5 million opening weekend, and it has already beaten Furious 7's $67.4 million opening day numbers.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice currently has the best March and Easter opening records, with help from Imax, RealD and 4DX. It's in 390 Imax screens total, 3,600 3D theaters, over 450 premium large format locations and over 140 motion seats. According to Fandango, Batman v Superman is the ticket seller's fastest pre-selling superhero movie. By Saturday, the Zack Snyder film is expected to see a 34 percent audience drop. But these are only the numbers here in America.

Batman v Superman has made over $20 million in China so far, and those numbers are dominating about 75 percent of the foreign market. In Brazil, Korea, Germany and other places, it has brought in over $60 million in total.

"Batman v Superman has much going for it with, first and foremost, the combination of these two iconic characters on the screen together providing an irresistible starting point for fans," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. "In addition, a great release date (which gives it basically a month before the next big superhero movie hits theaters), nuggets about some major superhero cameos and just an overall excitement level in the marketplace will give it a shot at smashing the all-time March opening weekend record."

BvS opened in Germany with $2.8M on 1,015 screens on Thursday night, $2.5 million in Australia on 594 screens, and $1.9 million in Russia across 2,000 screens. In Korea, Batman v Superman made $1.7 million on over 1,610 screens on Thursday and Warner Bros saw some pretty rewarding success in other areas of Asia, with its best all time opening in four different markets. Those being Hong Kong with $1.1 million, Singapore with $855,000, Malaysia with $804,000 and Thailand with $740,000.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, despite all of the negative criticism it is receiving, should do fairly well at the box office this weekend, which is good news for Warner Bros. They need BvS to be a hit, with the cast (including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot) starting production on The Justice League Part One next month in April.

Director Zack Snyder, along with members of the cast, responded to the harsh criticism the film is receiving, and Snyder himself seemed to be the most upset by the whole process. "I'm a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic," says Zack. "And so I don't know how else to do it 100 percent, so it is what it is."

A funny video has been created featuring Ben Affleck's seemingly sad facial expression as he and his co-star Henry Cavill are asked about the negative reactions and how they will impact the film.

Initial fan reaction to Batman v Superman was through the roof, and now that the film has opened everywhere, more mixed reviews of the movie have begun to roll in.
CinemaScore audiences have given their grade for Batman v Superman, and the film currently has a B rating, which is certainly much better than the 30 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Snyder's previous film, Man of Steel, earned an A-, which means as of right now, audience consensus is that MoS was a more enjoyable film than Batman v Superman.

[Photo via Clay Enos/ Warner Bros. Entertainment]