Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is causing one of the most epic divides between critics and fans that we've ever seen. And it's showing where it counts: At the box office! While this follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel couldn't reach Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record breaking $57 million Thursday Night box office, or even come close to second best Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which earned $43.5 million, the DC comics adventure did manage to beat Marvel's all-time best Thursday night preview record. And that's no small feat.
Despite a critical lashing that has left director Zack Snyder's latest epic adventure quite bruised with a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score, the quasi-sequel still managed to pull in $27.7 million from its Thursday Night previews. This barely beats Avengers: Age of Ultron's Thursday take of $27.6 million, which it nabbed last summer. It also bests 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, which grabbed $18.7 during its opening night previews, and Iron Man 3, which soared high back in 2013 with $15.6 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice even managed to blast past The Dark Knight's 2008 Thursday night take of $18.5 million, but at the time of its release, Thursday previews only took place at Midnight, and there were not multiple showtimes as there are now. Batman v Superman is also a big spring/pre-summer smash besting Furious 7's Thursday Night preview grosses of $15.7 million during this same Good Friday timeframe as last year. It went onto make $67.4 million during its first day of release, which Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should have no problem beating later today.
Furious 7 still holds the best Easter opening and best pre-summer opening of all-time with $147.2 million. Analysts predict that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have no problem reaching $160 million+ by the time the weekend is over. If the Rotten Tomato ranking was higher, some predict that the movie would have soared to at least $175 million. It's suspected that Good Friday will be very good for this DC Comics adventure, and that no one is sure quite yet just how much money the movie will make in the end.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is proving to be another superhero movie that is completely critic proof. When it was released, Man of Steel only managed to reach 56% on the Tomato Meter. Higher than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but still nothing to brag about. It still opened to $116.6 million. During its first day overseas, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pulled in $7 million ranking number one in Spain, Norway, France and Italy. The movie is set to hit over 35,000 in its first weekend on a global span. It could reach a worldwide box office take of $350 million come Monday. Though, it has a long way to go before it recoups its big budget, reportedly set at $400 million including all promotional costs.