Despite being savaged by the critics and earning a 29 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Warner Bros.’ Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice made US$424 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That’s the best showing for any comic book movie.
Only three films have opened bigger globally: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. In contrast both the Avengers films earned between US$390 and US$400 million.
In the US however, the film didn’t make quite a splash but still reported the sixth-largest opening weekend of all time, behind The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, both Avengers movies and Iron Man 3. It is also the the best opening weekend for a DC Comics film as well as the best March launch ever.
This bodes well for the franchise as there is a whole slew of sequels and spin-offs for the next five years planned, with the next DC film coming out this August namely “Suicide Squad”.
Directed by Zack Snyder, previously behind Man of Steel, the film sees Ben Affleck playing his second superhero after Daredevil facing off against Henry Cavill’s Superman. Gal Gadot also makes her debut as Wonder Woman, setting up her own standalone film as well as her appearance in the Justice League in 2017.
The film cost roughly US$250 million in production expenses, an amount that looks likely to be at the very least, recouped.
The film’s reception underscored one thing about Rotten Tomatoes: even if critical reception is withering, what reflects a film’s success will be the audience score which was over 70 per cent to the critics’ 29 per cent. Perhaps it shows that in the end, people are more likely to want to see a film to judge for themselves than rely as much on critics…or Rotten Tomatoes.