Critics may be skewering Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in their reviews, but that's not keeping audiences away.
According to Box Office Mojo, the massive superhero spectacle racked up an estimated $27.7 million in ticket sales, setting a record for Thursday pre-show sales for an Easter weekend. This pummels the record set last year by Furious 7, which raked in $15.7 million for pre-show and $147.2 million during the same holiday weekend.
Not to stoke the flames of the war between DC and Marvel (because we can all appreciate both), but Batman V Superman also topped Avengers: Age Of Ultron for its opening night. Marvel's big ensemble sequel pulled in $26.6 million and ended the weekend with a $191.2 million total. Based on this trajectory, the Ben Affleck/Henry Cavill smackdown is on track to break records for the biggest March opening ever and potentially the biggest DC adaptation ever (besting The Dark Knight).
Conservative reports claim Batman V Superman is expected to earn at least $150 million during this pivotal opening weekend, but if this early trend continues, this could be a winning weekend for DC.
(Source: Box Office Mojo)