Warner Bros. Pictures reports that the Zack Snyder-directed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice added $15 million on Monday to take its domestic total to $181.06 million through four days. The $15 million is the best Monday ever in March, beating The Hunger Games‘ $10.8 million from March 2012, though it doesn’t beat the stellar $19.76 million made by Deadpool its first Monday earlier this year. Internationally, Batman v Superman added $31 million on Monday for an overseas total of $285 million and a worldwide total of $468 million. The film cost a reported $250 million to make before marketing.
The film earned $166.1 million this weekend from 4,242 domestic theaters, which marked the best pre-summer opening, surpassing The Hunger Games‘ $152.5 million. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was also the widest release pre-May, the largest Easter opening (previous record was Furious 7‘s $147.2 million from 2015), the largest opening for a DC film (previous record was The Dark Knight Rises‘ $160.9 million from 2012), and the biggest March opening ever (previous record was The Hunger Games‘ $152.5 million). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice marked the seventh-highest domestic opening ever, trailing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s $169.2 million in sixth place.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $254 million over the weekend internationally on an unprecedented 40,000+ screens in 66 markets. Combined with the $166.1 million from North American theaters, the worldwide total reached $420.1 million through Sunday. Overseas, the film marked the biggest superhero opening weekend of all time, the all-time biggest March opening, the studio’s biggest opening of all-time in China, and Warner Bros.’ second-biggest international opening of all time (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2).
The 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.
You can read our two reviews by clicking here and here. Photos from the various premieres can be viewed here, and you can also view all our previous coverage of the film here.
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.