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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While the critics may not have been too kind to BATMAN v SUPERMAN, movie audiences came out in droves to see the Man of Steel and Caped Crusader clash for the first time on the big screen. Much has been said about the projections for the film, as well as the records it was set to break.

When last we reported, it was set to make around $170.1 million domestically on Easter weekend. Now that the final tallies have been made, it turns out that the number is a bit lower than that. According to Variety, the actual number is $166.1 million — about $4 million less than initially reported.

Though this is by no means a bank-breaking difference, but the outlet is quick to point out that this does change some of the supposed records the film would break. Originally, the film was declared to have the sixth best domestic opening of all time behind IRON MAN 3, but now it looks like it’ll drop down to seventh place, behind HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 — not bad company to be in, when all said and done! But that means that it’s also no longer the top-grosser in WB history, as it had been touted to be prior to this drop.

This puts it ahead of both THE DARK KNIGHT ($158 million) and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ($160 million), and worlds ahead of the $116 million opening that MAN OF STEEL had.

Overall, this change doesn’t really mean a whole lot when compared to the initial $170 million predictions, but it does make one wonder what the staying power of the film will be. While at the end of the day, this one seems destined to be a financial success, whether or not it’ll be a huge success or moderate one will remain to be seen.

Given our reports of the budget being around $250 million, there still is a decent amount of ground for the film to cover before it reaches the $800 million it is thought to need in order to be a financial success for the studio. Hopefully positive word of mouth from fans will put this film in the black, and give an auspicious start for the DCEU, regardless of what critics have to say. It can’t be forgotten that a lot of schools are having spring break, and that may result in greater sales for the following week and weekend.

What do you think of these updated numbers? Let us know your thoughts down below!

SOURCES: Variety, Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.