Batman v Superman takes off with $27.7 million from Thursday previews
Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened with a huge $27.7 million from Thursday previews, which marks the highest Thursday preshow for Easter weekend. The previous record was set by Furious 7 last year with $15.8 million. The total includes $3.6 million from IMAX theaters, which is also their largest Easter preshow ever. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds the Thursday previews record with $57 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice topped Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s $27.6 million from last year.
Internationally, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice added another $33.1 million on Thursday for an international total of $44 million for the first two days overseas.
The Zack Snyder-directed film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, as well as Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.