‘Batman V Superman’ Box Office Report: Biggest Superhero Debut of All Time

The final tally for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opening weekend box office is in and it is officially the biggest superhero global opener ever. We have summarized the breakdown reports from various sources below.

“Batman v Superman” made history globally with $420.1 million, the No. 4 worldwide bow of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million), Jurassic World ($524.9 million) and the final Harry Potter film ($483.2 million). The movie benefited mightily from opening day-and-date everywhere, including in China, where it amassed $57.3 million. The full international weekend grosses show BvS capturing a final tally of $254M on 40K screens in 66 markets for its international opening.

The previous biggest superhero opening was The Avengers, with a global bow of $392.5 million (that film didn’t have the advantage of opening everywhere at the same time). In terms of China, Avengers: Age of Ultron still easily holds the crown with a debut of $155.8 million two weeks after the sequel opened in North America. And in North America, BvS easily bested the $152.2 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in March 2013 to boast the biggest pre-summer debut in history. 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.

All told, 40 percent of the $170.1 million came from 3D screens. Imax theaters turned in a hefty $18 million from 388 locations, the biggest Easter weekend in history for Imax. And 475 premium large-format screens are reporting $17 million. Internationally, Imax locations turned in another $18 million for a global opening of $36 million, the third-best opening behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

“Batman v Superman” hit the sweet spot in terms of its audience, drawing a mix of young fans and older moviegoers who had grown up with the comics. The crowd was 62 percent male and 22 percent under 18 years of age, 40 percent under 25 and 60 percent over 25.

Entertainment Weekly “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” cast photoshoot

We have added a photoshoot and scans from Entertainment Weekly’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” feature spread. Ben posed with his co-stars, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and director, Zack Snyder.

“Sometimes you can box yourself in [with too many characters],” says director Zack Snyder. “But what’s the upside of that? What’s the positive? How do you make that challenge be the thing that makes it cooler than [any hero] could have been on his own.”

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Ben Affleck explains how ‘Batman v Superman’ reflects current politics

What happens when one person has just too much power and there is no one checking that power?

That’s a question you might expect to associate with this year’s presidential election, but it’s the central theme of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the superhero smackdown opening in theaters on Friday.

It’s hard when watching the movie, which has a major political storyline involving senate hearings questioning Superman’s actions and a senator played by Holly Hunter, not to think about the current political landscape and the 2016 presidential election. And audience members aren’t the only ones with the political in mind.

“One of the things that I say in this movie is, ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely,'” Hunter told USA TODAY on the red carpet for the film’s NYC premiere. “Thomas Jefferson was talking about. We’re talking about that today, very much so. It’s serendipitous that it happens to be so acute right now in current events, but there you have it.”

Ben Affleck, who is making his big debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the movie, doesn’t see it quite that simply.

“I don’t see this movie as overtly political. I think that would be a mistake. I don’t think you want to get pedantic with a movie like this. I think that’s dangerous.”

But he did note that while it’s a not a “political movie,” it does bring up very thought-provoking political themes.

“(The screenwriters) had many conversations about politics and the nature of politics in movies,” he said. “This is a movie that has a substance to it … and is provocative. I don’t think it’s strident, I don’t think it’s preachy, but I think it does raise the question of, ‘What happens to us when we become afraid of one another?’ which is a very current theme. It doesn’t mean to lecture at you or to hector you, but I do think that it’s a ballsy movie and evocative, and a movie that isn’t just about two cartoon characters slugging it out.”

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill talk fight scenes, the ‘M’ word and lubing up

At last they meet. Not Batman and Superman, but Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck on the pages of ShortList. Andrew Dickens sits them down for a chat.

Actors, they say, always seem to be smaller than you think in real life. It’s usually true. Unless, of course, you’re more of a theatre-goer, where they tend to be exactly the same size.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are exceptions to the rule. They are a big pair of lads. Cavill, you expect, would be an ounce of will and a tin of fake tan from winning Mr Universe; Affleck – taller, but still solid – looks every inch the retired NFL quarter-back.

A bit of physical presence is a start, of course, when you’re playing the world’s two most iconic superheroes. Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice sees Cavill’s Man of Steel confronted by Affleck’s a none-too-impressed Dark Knight. An unforgettable clash of titans, you’d think, wouldn’t you? Think again.

[nifty_toggle title=”What was it like shooting your first day together?” start=”open”]HC: I’ve been asked this, I don’t remember. Were we Clark and Bruce?
BA: Obviously it was really meaningful to both of us [laughs]! We passed a lot, we didn’t work together all that much.
HC: There’s a lot of build up towards the conflict but we’re not sort of hanging out. That’s next [laughs].
BA: It was just you and my stuntman in a metal suit [laughs].
HC: Ok. I’m going go with this answer: absolute amazing
BA: It’s seared into my memory. He was more masculine even than he appears in photographs [laughs].
HC: In all honesty, it must have been pretty cool. You’re focusing on the task at hand. If you step outside it, you look at it and go, “Wow! It’s Batman and Superman standing right next to each other!” but we don’t see it like that. It’s Henry and Ben about to do a job.
BA: It’s all so deconstructed, particularly the fighting. It’s all done bit by bit. Broken down into moment by moment. So you never get a sense of how cool, flashy and sexy it all is when it’s all put together with the visual effects and everything else. It’s inevitably some ignominious moment when you’re half-dressed and you’re wet, getting hoisted by wires. It’s never really as cool as it looks.[/nifty_toggle]
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