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Batman v Superman box office scores $82 million Friday

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Batman and Superman’s big-screen showdown continues to soar at the box office during its opening weekend.

Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pulled in an estimated $82 million on Friday, which includes the $27.7 million earned from Thursday night screenings.

The film also pulled in $67.2 million internationally on Friday, according to estimates from Warner Bros., including $20 million in China that marks the biggest opening day there ever for the studio. Those numbers bring the film’s total international haul to $115 million so far.

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Dawn of Justice got off to a big start, notching the highest Thursday preshow numbers ever for an Easter weekend (the previous record holder was Furious 7 with $15.8 million). 

Last year, Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $26.6 million on its opening night, which became part of first-weekend earnings totaling $191.2 million. If Batman v Superman follows a similar trajectory, it would break records for the largest March opening ever and the biggest DC Comics adaptation of all time, surpassing even Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

Additional estimates for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the rest of this weekend’s films will be available Sunday.