Two iconic superheroes zapped the opposition as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leapt to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend with $166 million, industry data showed Monday.
That mammoth haul made it the best March and Easter weekend launch ever and the seventh-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time, industry journal Variety said.
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Forbes reports that the superhero epic made Rs 44.2 crore in its opening weekend, making it the highest March debut ever for a Hollywood movie in India and the highest opening for Warner Bros in the country. The Bollywood film of the week, John Abraham-starrer Rocky Handsome came in at a distant second place with Rs 16.12 crore in the same frame.
Starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill in the role of Superman, the characters’ first big-screen pairing sets up the coming Justice League and Wonder Woman movies.
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A stellar cast for the Warner Bros blockbuster also features former Miss Israel Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as the eccentric villain Lex Luthor and Amy Adams as Superman’s love interest Lois Lane.
The movie had been eagerly anticipated among the legion of fans of the superhero genre and they poured into cinemas for the Easter weekend, according to figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
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The initial success of Batman v Superman, which comes despite some decidedly negative reviews; the film currently sits at a very dismal 29% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and has become the lowest rated film to open with more than $150 million at the US box office.
Hindustan Times’ review lamented, “Batman v Superman is not so much a superhero movie as it is a story about two mamma’s boys measuring the length of their capes, finding that they disagree, and proceeding to poke each other with threats of ‘you wanna go first?’ for a solid two-and-a-half hours.”
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