Despite a negative critical reception, Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has out-performed Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Avengers” and “Iron Man 3” as well as their own “Dark Knight” at Thursday night’s box office. Deadline reports the film earned $27.7m on its preview night, surpassing “Age of Ultron’s” $27.6m.
Additionally, “Batman v Superman” has become the best pre-Easter preview, easily overcoming “Furious 7’s” previous record of $15.7m. The film is already off to a great start overseas, having grossed $7 million from 10 territories over the last couple days. According to BoxOfficeMojo, “Batman v Superman’s” haul has mad it the sixth largest Thursday preview number ever.
Early box office projections are predicting an overall $160 million domestic opening for “Batman v Superman.” This number is part of the total global predicted box office, which is currently projected at $350 million. “Batman v Superman” has also broken Fandango’s record for most tickets sold on their app for a superhero movie, and — even though the critics are mostly panning the film — the fan reaction from early screenings seems to be pretty positive.