This post has been updated with official Monday numbers.
Looks like those mediocre reviews weren’t box office kryptonite after all.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shattered box office records, opening to $166.1 million domestically over Easter weekend.
Not only did Zack Snyder’s superhero epic set a new record for the all-time biggest March opening, obliterating The Hunger Games’ $152.5 million, but Batman v Superman now stands as the seventh-biggest domestic opening of all time. While initial Sunday estimates suggested that it had earned $170.1 million domestically, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($169.2 million), revised Monday numbers came in a bit lower. As a result, Deathly Hallows 2 still stands as Warner Bros.’ biggest opening ever, with Batman v Superman coming in as a close second.
Internationally, Batman v Superman added another $254 million for a worldwide total of $420 million — the fourth-biggest global opening of all time. Domestically, Batman v Superman didn’t manage to surpass its Marvel counterparts like The Avengers or Iron Man 3, but it did beat both globally, becoming only the fourth movie in history to cross $400 million worldwide in one weekend.
Ben Affleck’s Batman also dethroned Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) as the biggest Batman and DC Comics openings ever.
Batman v Superman’s runaway success spells good news for Warner Bros. after a lackluster 2015, and the studio had several pricy flops last year, including Jupiter Ascending, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Pan. Batman v Superman carries a $250 million price tag, but it serves as a launch pad for the new DC movie universe, including next year’s Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League movie.
Going into the weekend, there was some question over how Batman v Superman’s critical reviews would affect its box office performance. Critics were less than kind, and it currently holds only a 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, Batman v Superman managed a B CinemaScore. An estimated 62 percent of its audience was male.
In all, Batman v Superman opened in 4,242 theaters, including 388 IMAX theaters, and with an IMAX opening of $18 million, it set an Easter record, surpassing Furious 7’s $13.3 million. Roughly 40 percent of Batman v Superman’s entire domestic total came from 3D screens.
In non-superhero-related box office news, Zootopia continued its excellent run, taking second place with an estimated $23.1 million. Now in its fourth weekend, Disney’s animated adventure has racked up $240 million domestically and $697 million worldwide.
And this weekend’s other new wide release had a great opening, albeit on a smaller scale. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 bowed to an estimated $18.1 million, 14 years after the original. The first Big Fat Greek Wedding still holds multiple box office records, opening to just $597,000 and going on to earn a total of $241.4 million domestically. It’s still the highest-grossing rom-com in domestic box office history and the biggest movie to never hit No. 1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which sees Nia Vardalos and John Corbett reprising their roles from the original, earned an A- CinemaScore.
As for fourth and fifth places? The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Miracles From Heaven tied with an estimated $9.5 million. Allegiant had a not-so-great second weekend, as the third installment in the saga of Tris Prior fell an estimated 67 percent. After two weeks, its domestic total now stands at $46.6 million. Lionsgate split the final novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy into two books, and Ascendant will hit theaters on June 9, 2017.
The faith-based drama Miracles From Heaven, on the other hand, apparently from benefitted from Easter weekend, falling only 36 percent in its second weekend. The Jennifer Garner-starring drama has earned $34.1 million domestically after 12 days in release.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — $166.1 million
2. Zootopia — $23.1 million
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 — $18.1 million
4. The Divergent Series: Allegiant — $9.5 million
5. Miracles From Heaven — $9.5 million