After dominating at the box office last weekend, with a record-breaking worldwide debut of $420.1 million, the largest ever for a superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has crossed yet another milestone. Deadline reports that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has passed $500 million worldwide. The superhero adventure earned an additional $33 million in international markets yesterday, for a foreign total of $308.6 million, with $193.7 million domestic for a worldwide total of $501.9 million. Here's what Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros.' president of Worldwide Distribution, had to say in a statement.
"These incredible numbers are building momentum for not only this movie but for the upcoming slate of DC superhero films."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is expected to cross the $200 million domestic milestone at the box office later today. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's opening weekend of $166.1 million was the highest debut ever for the month of March, besting The Hunger Games' record of $152.5 million set in 2012. It also broke records for the largest Easter opening, surpassing Furious 7's $147.2 million, and it became Warner Bros.' biggest superhero debut, beating out 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, which opened with $160.9 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't face much competition over the next two weeks. The superhero adventure goes up against God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks this weekend. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted in 4,243 theaters last weekend, nearly double the theater count for God's Not Dead 2 and quadruple the debut for Meet the Blacks. Next weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice faces Universal's The Boss, Relativity's Before I Wake and STX's Hardcore Henry, none of which should give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a run for its money.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's first true test will be on April 15, going up against Disney's The Jungle Book, along with Warner Bros.' Barbershop: The Next Cut and Lionsgate's Criminal. We'll have to wait and see if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have the longevity to take in $1 billion worldwide. It's possible that it can cross this milestone before another highly-anticipated superhero movie debuts, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which kicks off the summer movie season on May 6. Do you think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has what it takes to cross $1 billion?