Since press screenings earlier this week and hitting cinemas late on Thursday, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been critically savaged, resulting in it achieving the lowly rating of just 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
But that clearly hasn't damaged or dampened audiences' fervor to see the blockbuster, which was released in a number of territories across the world over the course of the last few days.
In fact, according to Forbes, since being released on Wednesday, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has already grossed $219.91 million across the world, having been released on over 30,000 screens in more than 60 markets.
#BatmanvSuperman hurtling toward $170 million weekend with $82 million opening day https://t.co/RnicOuoosy pic.twitter.com/6KgphrOtZTInternationally, the film has already made $137.9 million, having been released in China, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as 14 further territories, while it has also made $82.01 million in America, too.
— Variety (@Variety) March 26, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has also fared rather well in China, raking in $43 million over two days, including $21.22 million in its first day, which is the sixth biggest opening for a Hollywood film.
Domestically, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is tracking to open at around $175 million, with moviegoers seemingly not put off by the fact that critics have torn apart the blockbuster.
It's currently being speculated that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will gross around $350 million in its opening weekend, which would put it around the amount made by Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011.
However, it's unlikely to get close to Iron Man 3's $372 million, Spider-Man 3's $381 million, and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon's $382 million. Warner Bros. will still be very happy with Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice's box office haul though, especially because of the negative critical reaction to Zack Snyder's superhero hybrid.
It's believed that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice cost Warner Bros. around $250 million to produce, while it's believed that they've spent somewhere between $100 to $150 million on marketing for the film.
What's pretty much a certainty is that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will move ahead of The Dark Knight Rises' opening box office haul of $248.8 million, which was grossed back in 2012 and is currently the highest amount amassed by either a Batman or Superman film.
Man Of Steel, the predecessor to Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice that was an origin story for Henry Cavill's Superman, took in $201 million back in 2013, before going on to gross $668 million across the world.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice's critical response has been very mixed. With just a 30 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the website has surmised, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action."
Starring Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and marking the debut of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice brings two of the most iconic characters in the history of pop culture for the first time in a live-action film.
#BatmanvSuperman seeds to $115 million at international box office https://t.co/GXOxXbiMEX pic.twitter.com/3H7wK7WPf8The blockbuster sees Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor manipulating Batman into a battle with Superman, which then results in the multi-billionaire creating the evil behemoth known as Doomsday to tackle the two superheroes.
— Variety (@Variety) March 26, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the expansion of the DC Cinematic Universe will now be followed by Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part One, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Part Two, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps, while it's also believed that a solo Batman film and a Man Of Steel sequel are in development.
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