This weekend, the long-awaited Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice finally hit theaters. After receiving mixed reviews, ranging across the entire spectrum of human emotion, Zack Snyder's bold endeavor still brought in a super-sized sum of money for the studio.
According to Variety's final figures, Batman V Superman came in just short of Warner Bros.'s $170 million projection for the weekend, with an impressive $166.1 million, securing the top spot as the biggest March and Easter weekend releases, as well as the biggest DC Comics movie opening.
On Thursday pre-shows and Friday alone, the gritty superhero movie brought in a staggering $81.6 million, another $50.7 million on Saturday, and understandably dwindling to $33.8 million on Easter Sunday. BvS also earned an estimated $424.1 million worldwide, trumping The Avengers' $392.5 million and making it the fourth-largest global opening.
When it comes to the coveted list of the highest-grossing opening weekends of all time, Batman V Superman comes in seventh place, just before its Batman predecessor The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) but behind another Warner Bros. production, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($169.2 million).
Although Batman V Superman missed the mark for critics, securing a 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, plenty of fans are leaving theaters happy, with 73 percent of the site's audience enjoying it.
Overall, Batman V Superman might not have received the high praise it was hoping for, but it still leaves the door open for more action-packed movies from the DC Cinematic Universe.