Deadline is at it again. The outlet has taken a look at the numbers surrounding BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and is putting into perspective exactly how historic an opening the much buzzed-about film is going to have. The site points out that, while Warner Bros has been conservative with its projection of a $120-$140 million opening, rival distributors are saying it's going to be more like $150 million.
Where things get really impressive is what they think BATMAN V SUPERMAN is going to make worldwide by the time Sunday is over: $350 million. That number would make it the second best pre-summer opening of all time, behind FURIOUS 7 ($398 million). Helping it achieve that honor is the fact that it's also receiving the widest release ever- Opening on 4,200 screens stateside, as well as 61 territories around the world including ever-lucrative China.
While that projection doesn't place it anywhere near that other recent global phenomenon, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ($528 million), in terms of superhero films, a $350 million haul would put BATMAN V SUPERMAN in fifth place, behind both AVENGERS films, SPIDER-MAN 3, and IRON MAN 3.
Deadline did mysteriously mention a hypothetical scenario where the film only makes $110 million domestically this weekend, but pointed out that- even in that worse case scenario- the $400 million film would be fine because of an especially soft spring slate at the movies. It should rule the world for several weeks.
So that's the latest on box office expectations for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. That's the money end of things, which we'll find out about conclusively next Monday morning. In terms of critical response, that's actually coming up far sooner: The review embargo for the film will be lifted this evening.
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