Warner Bros.’ superhero showdown “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” set a box-office record with its weekend debut, grossing an estimated $170.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, the Los Angeles Times reports. The total pushed the movie past the March 2012 debut of “The Hunger Games,” which brought in $152.2 million, to claim the record for the largest pre-summer rollout.
“The Zack Snyder-directed picture also is the largest opening of a Batman film ever, surpassing Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ which debuted to $160.9 million in 2012, and the sixth-best opening for any film, overtaking 2011’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,'” the Times notes.
The big box-office turnout comes despite the fact that the movie has been widely panned by critics. “Going into the weekend, 146 reviewers on the critic site Rotten Tomatoes gave the PG-13 picture a measly 33% positive rating. Sunday, the positive rating had decreased to just 29%, with 262 reviews being counted,” the Times reports.