The numbers for Batman Vs. Superman's second week at the box office have come in, and they are less than first estimated.
Batman Vs. Superman finished with $51.8 million, which is not only less than the estimated $52.4 million, but now sees the movie having dropped a whopping 69% and ties X-Men: Origins Wolverine for largest comic book movie drop.
Deadline notes it's not time to throw in the towel just yet, but similar drops have caused other studios to rethink their strategy, such as with Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2 (61% drop leading to Marvel's Spider-Man reboot).
Reasons for the big second week drop (well, other than audience dissatisfaction) could be the Final Four airing on Saturday, and Wrestlemania and The Walking Dead on Sunday.
While nothing official regarding any future changes has come from WB about the negative reaction and possible low box office return for Batman Vs. Superman, it is rumored they are having David Ayer retool Suicide Squad to lighten up the movie a bit by adding more humor, which is similar to what is featured in the trailers.
It's also noted that on social media, fans are unhappy with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor where it's mentioned it has "ticked fans off."
Zack Snyder is set to start filming Justice League next week.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.