Weekend Box Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ Debuts to $170,1M

Easter Weekend

The Zack Snyder-directed superhero epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice blows away critics, breaking several box office records and becoming Warner Bros. biggest opening weekend of all-time.

The film opened to an estimated $170.1 million domestically over Easter weekend, giving it the best March opening of all-time (beating 2012’s The Hunger Games at $152.5 million). Internationally, it added another $254 million for a $424 million global opening. The biggest Batman opener ever received a B CinemaScore from audiences.

Second place for the weekend went to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia. After topping the box office for three straight weeks. the film took $23.1 million for a total $240.5 million in its fourth week of release.

Universal Pictures sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the only movie opening wide against Dawn of Justice, managed a third-place finish with $18.1 million. Nia Vardalos‘ romantic comedy, which was heavily criticized by reviewers, has already matched the film’s production budget in North America alone. Easter weekend audiences gave the film an A- grade on CinemaScore.

“This franchise is still overperforming. After 14 years, it’s amazing that this was not a big, fat Greek funeral,” says Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “They could make a trilogy out of this franchise.”

The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Miracles from Heaven tied with an estimated $9.5 million, rounding out the top five. Check out this weekend box office’s top ten:

Weekend Box Office

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Update: The new estimates have Batman v Superman domestic tally at $166.1 million and a global total of $420.1 million, which means that Warner Bros. best opening ever is still Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $169.2 million.