Despite a mixed critical and fan reception, as well as a significant box office drop after its opening weekend, Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to clock in at a final global box office draw of $862.9 million, making it the seventh highest-grossing superhero film worldwide according to The Hollywood Reporter. That position sandwiches it between Sam Raimi's trilogy bookends, Spider-Man 3 ($890.9 million) and Spider-Man ($821.7 million).
In North America, Batman v Superman took in $325.1 million, where it stands just shy of the top 10 domestically, tailing Guardians of the Galaxy. Even clocking in at a whopping $225 million budget, Batman v Superman is a clear financial success. It tops Man of Steel's box office take — $668 million — by nearly $200 million and trails only The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Tim Burton's Batman (when adjusted for inflation), making it one of Warner's biggest hits.
WB might be shy of the billion dollars that Marvel has been able to achieve with its Avengers movies and Iron Man 3, but it's worth noting that this is only the second film in WB's shared DC Universe.
Marvel's kick-off film, Iron Man, stands at $585.1 million worldwide, while its follow-up The Incredible Hulk is $263.4 million. In fact, no Marvel movie until The Avengers made more than Batman v Superman:
Iron Man — $585.1 million
The Incredible Hulk — $263.4 million
Iron Man 2 — $623.9 million
Captain America: The First Avenger — $370.5 million
Thor — $449.3 million
While it's true that WB has a long way to go to catch up to Marvel, the latter had the benefit of five hit films to build toward the overwhelming success of The Avengers and the movies that followed.
Batman is a proven moneymaker for Warner Bros. and will no doubt continue to thrive with the Ben Affleck-directed solo film that is coming in the wake of The Justice League Part One.
As it is making clear with The Lego Batman Movie, Warner Bros. is doubling down on the Dark Knight; it's not a coincidence that its highest grossing superhero films all have Batman in common.