Critics be damned, people wanted to see Batman and Superman punch one another into submission for themselves to the tune of $170.1 million in North America this weekend, and another $254 million overseas, breaking a whole bunch of records in the process.
According to Deadline (link below), the film now owns the fourth biggest opening weekend both globally and in North America, as well as the biggest opening weekend ever for Warner Brothers.
BvS’ stateside $170.1M haul marks a studio best for Warner Bros., taking out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘s $169.1M (rivals have BvS at an estimated $168.5M FSS). BvS easily owns the following records: best pre-summer and March openings, beating The Hunger Games’ $152.5M, and best Easter opening, kicking aside Furious 7’s $147.2M. BvS has also beaten up The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9M), and The Dark Knight’s first frames ($158.4M) to become the best debut for a DC Comics big screen adaptation. Everyone is expecting BvS to follow the path of most top 10 films with a 30% to 35% decline on Easter Sunday.
Other records taken by BvS: best opening for Ben Affleck (beats Pearl Harbor‘s $75.2M), and for Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel‘s $116.6M). To date, BvS is also the best FSS for the year, trumping Deadpool‘s $132.4M. The projection is that the B CinemaScore — of which there were 22% under-18-year olds who loved it with an A- and 40% under-25ers who gave it a B+ — will translate into a 2.25 multiple, which would put BvS’ final tally at $383M stateside.
So there you have it. The movie's critic proof, and the general word of mouth seems to be of the "see it for yourself and decide" variety, so I imagine the film will, at the very least, break even.