‘Batman V Superman’ And ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Are Making A Killing

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It’s strange that a film that made more than $870 million was considered a commercial “failure.” However, that is what many were saying about Batman v Superman after its theatrical run. The film has its share of vocal people either for or against Zack Snyder’s vision, but it did make a buttload of money. When the Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition was screened, some of the naysayers (myself included) changed their tune for how they received the film. The extra half-hour gave the movie more depth and a more engaging storyline that turned many around. When the Ultimate Edition was released on Blu-Ray, now people have the opportunity to own the DC Cinematic Universe’s film. And it’s paying off!

Batman v Superman is currently the number one selling movie for home use as a result of fans eager to see the Ultimate Cut, which counts for 70% of its sales which were in Blu-Ray format. The remaining 30% of its sales were standard DVD, which the Ultimate Edition is not currently available for. The Divergent sequel came in number two in sales.

Speaking of the caped crusader, Batman: The Killing Joke also did record numbers for Fathom Events. Before the direct to video animated film was released for home use, it was released in theaters for two days as part of Fathom Events to promote the film. The film grossed $3.8 million during its two-day release. The first night it averaged $2,396 per location, beating out even Star Trek Beyond the first night which averaged $1,592 per theater. The second night earned the film an additional $600,000.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition and Batman: The Killing Joke are available for home use via Blu-Ray and Video-On-Demand.

Comicbook.com via Variety
Comicbook.com via Variety

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  • Steve Steve

    While the $873 million box office total is surely enough to net a small profit in the end, the disappointment comes from the additional $100+ million in net profit that the property could have made as a well received CBM in this marketplace.

    My negative view of the film certainly improved to a neutral-to-positive upon seeing the Ultimate Cut.

    I was there Monday night to see Killing Joke, and I’m glad to see it was a successful campaign. I was not impressed with the film, but I’ll have to ponder it further upon a second viewing. I have never read the book (My copy is too beautiful to touch), so I will have to do that as well before I settle on my opinion. We definitely need more of these micro releases!

  • unpaidpundit

    Warner Bros. has got to be happy with a $870 take at the box office for “BvS.” The first Avengers movie made over a billion, but it was the culmination of two Iron Man films, and one movie each for Thor and Captain America. “BvS” only had “Man of Steel” for a build up. It wasn’t realistic to expect “BvS” to match “Avengers.”

    • Alicetwalden2

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    • SAMURAI36

      Precisely. In the meantime, BVS is more than making up for that difference, as the word is that it’s making close to $300M in video sales. That’s on top of the licensing that the film makes.

      People were complaining for absolutely nothing.

      • Steve Steve

        Holy Crap! $300 million in video sales is ridiculous. If those numbers are accurate this film will be a smashing success!

        However, The Force Awakens has generated only $131 million in DVD/BluRay sales according to the-numbers video sales tracking. I find it immensely hard to believe that BvS can double the sales of the biggest movie of all time.

        • Orion

          TFA is not the biggest movie of all time though….

          • Steve Steve

            Are you really fishing for a pedantic debate about box office accounting?

          • Orion

            Huh? TFA is not the biggest movie of all time probably in America if you don’t account for inflation.

      • SAMURAI36

        Also, for reference, MOS made $150M on video sales, and it wasn’t even near the critical darling that Star Wars was. Also, AOU only made about $79M.

        DC clearly has the staying power, that these other films don’t have.

        • Steve Steve

          AoU received a lukewarm reaction to be sure. I don’t know where your numbers come from. The Deadline blockbuster 2015 series notes $133 million in domestic DVD/BluRay sales. Also a further $113 million in international sales, and just over $200 million in PPV, TV, etc.

          Deadline didn’t have the breakdown for 2013 so it is difficult to compare AoU to MoS. Where are your sales figures coming from?

        • SAMURAI36
    • Steve Steve

      Avengers numbers were absolutely unreasonable as an expectation. Reasonable expectation would be Dark Knight/Dark Knight Rises numbers. $400+ million domestic and ~$600 million internationally. In light of the previous Batman films, BvS is surely a disappointing result.

      • Orion

        The funny thing is BvS had $330 million domestic and $542 internationally so it wasn’t far off yet it appears so.

        • Steve Steve

          Your point is fair from the optimist’s perspective. But from the pessimist’s perspective it was $118 million shy of DKR and $203 million shy of TDK (Domestically). Furthermore, internationally BvS saw a decline of $94 million from DKR, this despite the massive growth in the international marketplace during the last four years.

          The realist perspective (as I see it anyway), is that BvS produced reasonable returns that, while below the lofty potential, were sufficient to justify progressing to further films. While the failure to live up to potential is disappointing, the movie itself is not a failure.

          This film is an incredible example of being simultaneously overrated and underrated. I suppose that’s why it’s such an interesting topic.

          • Orion


    • SAMURAI36

      I think it’s also worth pointing out, that the ticket prices for The Avengers films were hiked up by Marvel/Disney, which is why those films did so well.


      Disney did this with both Avengers films. Which makes me wonder, A) if the tickets were regular price, would those films have made around the same as BVS, and/or B) if WB had done the same thing for BVS that Disney had done with the Avengers, would it have made as much as, or even more than the Avengers films?

      • Steve Steve

        You should actually read the articles you post. It clearly says that Disney reworked their split deals with distributors in March of 2016. They may have done something similar in the Spring of 2012, but the article makes no mention of it. The reworking was done as much for other Disney projects (Um, Star Wars?) as it was for Marvel releases.

        The benefits of the new splits are all for Disney, not for the overall boxoffice. In fact, it is reasonable to project that a smaller take for exhibitors would lead to lower boxoffice totals as customers could not use passes. There is also a possibility that theaters had fewer showings later in the run which would restrict the “multiples” for Disney pictures.

        Yet again you spout off from a position of willful ignorance.

        PS. I have been officially “ignored” by Sammy here. My replies are for the benefit of other readers. Cheers!

  • xxjinzaxx

    Si, señor. Así es como se hace. Que vergon!

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  • rogbngp

    The success of the MCU having paved the way, a film this anticipated and featuring the two best known superheroes in the world should have easily cleared a billion–and with decent to good reviews it surely would have. If it had been loved by the critics, $1.5B was a perfectly reasonable expectation, imo. It was the abysmal RT critics’ score that crippled it from making a billion. I will add though that imo BvS’ theater release did not deserve the savage beating it took from critics–even given narrative problems from its editing from 3:01 to 2:31 and the infamous “Martha” scene. They should have released the 3:01 version in the theater. And if the UE had simply given us a brief scene of Clark reading the names of Bruce Wayne’s murdered parents during his investigation of Batman, then I believe there is actually a satisfying explanation to be reasonably inferred for the “Martha moment” (see here: https://creators.co/@SnyderFans/3985425). Actually, even ~without~ such an additional scene, personally, I still choose to view the film in my own head as Superman having figured out Batman’s identity by the time they fight, and using “Martha” intentionally to shock Batman to his senses. (Emphasis: my choice!) But as it stands there is no denying that “Martha” hurt the film badly, as did the editing. Superman coming across as angsty and mopey will hopefully work out okay in the overall character development arc for the entire trilogy of MoS/BvS/JL. We’ll see. As long as what’s going on inside Superman pays off in a satisfying way with Superman’s resurrection in JL I can live with how he carries himself in BvS (an intensification of the way he presents in MoS). And for my taste Jesse Esinberg’s Lex is a bit shrill and over-the-top. But I can still appreciate him as interestingly offbeat, which overall is a positive in my book. Anyway, the film has a lot of wonderful things that I love: Batfleck hit a towering homerun. Gadot slays it as Wonder Woman. Epic feeling fight scenes, a sort of operatic, mythic, majestic atmosphere overall. And BvS’s ballsy artistic risk-taking. These positives far outweigh for me its negatives. But even for a fan of the film such as myself, objectively speaking I can see that it did things that perhaps in retrospect unnecessarily opened it up to scathing attacks–and THAT cost it the $1B mark at the box office. Unfortunately that left a bit of a sour taste for many fans of DC’s more mature and risk-taking approach to the genre (so we feel–again its subjective). But I’m still way excited to see how the trilogy gets wrapped up in JL, (Can’t wait for JL! It’s time for a still mature but also fun feeling film.) And I’m very optimistic for how the MoS and BvS and eventually JL appear to be setting up the launch for the standalone character films.