Just last night I wrote this weekend is a big test for Batman Vs. Superman.
Now the numbers have come in for Friday, and they are a bit low.
Batman Vs. Superman brought in $15.3 million on Friday, down a whopping 81% from last Friday (and Thursday previews). When Thursday previews are taken out of the equation, the drop is stil pretty high at 72%, which is on par with X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
There is no need to panic just yet as WB sources note to Deadline that similar drops happened with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and The Twilight Saga films New Moon and both Breaking Dawns.
It's now suggested Batman Vs. Superman may bring in only $50 million for the weekend, when just a day or two ago it was upwards of $65 million.
That Friday $15.3 million is also pretty close to what Man of Steel did on its second Friday ($12.5 million), and we know WB shelved the sequel because of MOS's poor box office performance (not a billion). Man of Steel also outperformed Batman Vs. Superman on Wednesday ($9 million to $8.1 million).
Deadline also says WB is well aware of the critic and fan reception to Batman vs. Superman, which is why the rumor about the Suicide Squad reshoots looks to be accurate as more humor will be added to that film (to be more in tune with the trailers).
Batman Vs. Superman has a current U.S. gross of $224,422,793; an international gross of $363,400,000; for a total worldwide gross of $587,822,793.
Man of Steel finished with $668 million.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release 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.