‘Batman v Superman’ Tops ‘The Hunger Games’ For Best Monday March Box Office

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There’s no stopping to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as the movie has grabbed yet another box office record. The Zack Snyder-directed superhero movie brought in $15.05 million at the North American box office yesterday for the biggest Monday in March to date, topping The Hunger Games ($10.8M) and Furious 7 ($14.01M). As of right now, the movie has grossed $181.06 million domestically, meaning that its four-day gross falls just short of topping that of The Dark Knight‘s $182.9 million.

It’s clear that fans are enjoying the movie, otherwise we wouldn’t be seeing these kind of numbers. However, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is expected to suffer a 65% drop on its second weekend due to its negative critical response (currently 28 % on Rotten Tomatoes). Seeing as the movie has managed to exceed expectations so far, here’s hoping that the drop is going to be a lot lower than that. What do you guys think? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in theaters everywhere.

Source: Deadline

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • MaryandMaryandMary

    There is a very plausible argument to be made that film critics were particularly harsh on this one. Basically, Zach Snyder is a “repeat offender”. This is, his movies illustrate something that is painfully true for film critique, and that is that social media is displacing (or rather reducing) the purpose of film critics as guides to consumption (as opposed to reflection, for example). In all of Snyder’s films, audiences have been far more receptive of his work than critics. It is not uncommon to find examples of movies or other sorts of cultural produce that were derided by critics (or applauded for that matter) and received by audiences or later lauded critically upon historical perspective. The Wizard of OZ, for example, was not critically appreciated back in its time (other examples include Citizen Kane and to a lesser degree The Empire Strikes Back, which was hailed by some but condemned by other [for reasons interestingly similar to BvS’s bashing]). This disjuncture between critics and the changing aesthetics of the time, becomes more evident now than ever before, as access to means of mass communication is open to audiences. In this regard, I think that critics tend to be overtly harsh with filmmakers that continue to succeed in spite of being panned. Upon finding themselves unable to predict the aesthetic tastes of the audiences (the main reason why they publish in media directed to the general public) they then try to influence these tastes. It is simply a case of critics realizing they are losing their power (and thereby their livelihood) and struggling to get it back the only way they can.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • LupeX

      Well said. There is a definite hive mentality, separate but in unison all at the same time, aimed at destroying the work of Zack Syder in its current form.
      I will encourage him to endure.
      Regardless of the loudness of negativity audiences have shown that they are appreciative of his art. And make no mistake about it, someone who shoots on film instead of digital like Tarantino, Nolan and Spielberg, someone who has such signatory visual style and a unique voice in the space is an artist.
      I loved Batman V Superman and I hope to see several more of his works within the DCEU.

      • Hinscher

        I don’t get the Snyder hate.
        I mean when I look at the movies that critics love or oscar winning movies, ect. Zack Snyder’s movies are more closely resembling them in the artsy way than most other movie directors out there.
        I would think they would like his movies. For good or bad Snyders movies do artistic things, take risks, have underlying philosophical things, ect.
        No one can compare Watchman with any other comic book movie.
        Man of Steel and BvS are more of the middle ground between Watchman and teh typical CBM, leaning more towards Watchman.
        But either way, when I first saw Watchman, I wasn’t a huge fan. I thought it like a Indie persons DC rip off. Was like Critics must love this. I’m still not a huge fan, because I don’t care for the characters. But the story is interesting and intriguing. I could care less if its comics based or not. It was a thought provoking movie.

        • Lupin

          You got me confused as well. I actually thought that he made BvS for critics and intellectual audiences with it’s politically resonant themes and emotional heft.
          If the haters took off their blinders, theirs layers upon layers of depth to BvS. It is a direct commentary on our political atmosphere today.
          it’s not like Nolan hasn’t done something like this to a lesser degree. Yet, they love Nolan, and consistently are unkind to Snyder.

        • Alejandro Gonzalez

          I also don’t get the hate and dislike. Is it that the DC characters are more revered than the Marvel ones?

          I honestly can’t call this movie a mess. This movie is way better than Batman and Robin, Batman Forever
          I would put it next to the First Tim Burton Batman. Different and ground breaking.

          This movie is being studied and discussed like it were the Dead Sea Scrolls. Its a movie. its meant to be fun. Not to be taken seriously. lol. It makes me feel a little happy, that these characters are held so high that any change brings up so many different feelings.

    • Chris Johnson

      Very well stated!

      I completely agree. Some critics probably feel as though they have all the power, when in fact, it’s always been the audiences who attend films. Personally, I have never relied on critical opinions of other people to determine if I see a film or not, especially if I’m very interested in that film. Critics have been especially nasty towards Zach Snyder and this film. I’ve seen terrible C list slasher films that were treated better than this one.

      It’s all rather bizarre and a bit strange to me.

      • Hinscher

        Critics are like a double check for me.
        When a movie comes out, one hears if critics slam or praise it.
        If I hear nothing, then I go to the movie or not depending on if I wanted to or not.
        If i hear critic praise or hate, I instantly go to fan reviews or youtube reviews. Cuase I know if critics super love or hate something that it either is acutally a bad movie, or some bring critic movie.
        Take F4 movie recently. Trailers never really sold me, but was planning since i like comics. Heard critics say horrible, so popped on youtube. Every single youtuber told me to stay away and how horrible it was.
        This movie, even the reviewers that don’t like still said to at least see if for yourself.

        • Chris Johnson

          I was very skeptical of F4 for a long time. The cast interviews, the films direction, and all the talk of behind the scenes turmoil did not bode well for that film. The real kicker for me was the director coming out AGAINST the film the day it premiered! That, and the studio attacking him made the whole thing seem like trouble. I stayed away.

          In this case, no critic or person on Earth was going to keep me from seeing Wonder Woman’s cinematic debut..having been a mega fan since 75′ and the Lynda Carter days. I’ve since seen it twice and will see again this weekend. Gal did not disappoint!

    • Technofied

      I haven’t seen such a well written response to critics in days. Thank you for posting such an amazing response to the critics! I am thrilled to see that there are other people who see the real picture.

    • ThomasM

      Thank you for this. Well done mate

  • Colonious McGraham

    That’s still roughly $150million worldwide.

    • LSB

      What?

      • Hinscher

        I assume he is saying with 65% drop it makes 150 million next week.
        I have a feeling worldwide drop will be significantly less than domestic drop. So even if 65% in u.s. it will be only 50% ww

    • No, worldwide, it’s made over $400 million, this article is referring to domestic, i.e. U.S. only box office gross.

  • SuperBuckeye30

    This site is SO invested in this movie and its success. Is Umberto trying to make up for the bad blood between him and Warner Bros. in the past or something?

    • Hinscher

      This site about comic book movies/tv shows is posting articles about NEWS in regards to one of the biggest movies of the year coming out.
      Hardly consider that odd.
      Seems like normal journalism to me.
      If I were to toss a conspiracy grenade, I would toss it at other sites that have 100 articles and yet are not a comic book centric site.
      Go to google and look at news stories. There are a ton of opinion articles on why this movie sucks or not, or why critics are right/wrong, or being upset the movie makes so much money ect. As I said OPINION.
      THis site is mostly posted just straight up news. Beyond his REVIEW, which is an opinion, its all been straight up news stories.

      • Bjax

        I would say that’s true, except we didn’t see a correction article about how much the final weekend numbers were and how Harry Potter still retains the crown for biggest WB opening.

        • PNHD

          OMG a 4 million difference, the movie bombed

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, I thought that was a weird thing for anyone to complain about.

          • Bjax

            That’s not the point. The point is that it was news when it was reported that it broke records, and it’s news when it wasn’t as high as first reported.

    • Chris Johnson

      As apposed to the countless others that are even more invested in it failing? Have you criticized all of them as well?

  • Yack

    Wow 65% drop is not good that means $58 mil. That’s numbers you should do in the 3rd weekend. I hope that’s not the case WB has a lot riding on this

    • Hinscher

      Well based on this number of $15 million on Monday, I have a hard time believing it will only make another $43 million the rest of the week.

      • Yack

        Yea you’re probably right.

    • Doesn’t matter, worldwide, they’ve made the budget back and by next weekend, the marketing and full budget will be paid for. At this point, it’s all about taking what they’ve learned and the criticism and not doing the same thing twice. Expect Snyder and the producers to make some changes to the tone and direction of the Justice League, which will be the real test to the DCEU.

      • Hinscher

        Read an article before the movie came out about the budget of this movie. Basically the article talked about how just the increase in merchandise for this movie has probably made back half the movies total budget and advertising.
        So I would not be surprised if this movie is already in the black. Even massive 65% drops it will still make a massive amount.
        Take into effect the blu ray may sell more than usual due to extra 30 minutes, and again more and more merch. WB should be happy.

        • PNHD

          The budget of the movie was already helped by promotional tie-ins like Microsoft product placement, Turkish airlines sponsorship and so on. And marketing is also helped by licensing deals. At this point the studio made it’s money back or is very close to do it. Starting the second weekend it’s pure profit

          • Hinscher

            I never notice things in movies, but I recall people complaining about Sears, IHop, ect in the Man of Steel.

            Why? I actually like seeing REAL stores in movies. As long as its not blatantly obvious advertising like you see in TV shows, which I didn’t think Man of Steel did at all. But it makes a movie seem more real to have real stores in them.

            I dont’ recall any in BvS. I suppose she was on a plane, so maybe it showed Turkish.

        • SAMURAI36

          That’s the Forbes article you’re talking about. At this point, BVS has to do FF numbers (which it’s not; it’s already doing far better) in order to be considered a failure.

    • Lupin

      being that it is still breaking records, earning the highest Easter Monday domestic earnings ever, those estimates might be exaggerated. However, it has already made it’s money back including merchandise. With its opening weekend, this movie is safe. it’s only a matter of how well it does.

  • Carl

    Where is the article about it’s huge Friday to Sunday drop off 55%?

    “It’s clear that fans are enjoying the movie, otherwise we wouldn’t be seeing these kind of numbers.” Sorry but there is no correlation there. People are going to see the movie because it has two hugely popular characters. Fans are actually destroying the movie all over the place. Which means that they didn’t enjoy it. Yeah some people loved it but that’s clearly not the consensus.

    Watch Umberto have to admit the movie has many flaws while looking sad and clinging to the few positives that can be said about BvS.

    https://youtu.be/YOupZ8luUwc

    • PNHD

      Ever heard of Easter and people spending time with family? You keep on trolling buddy. I enjoy seeing you and others like you squirm and being miserable knowing that people actually enjoy the movie and it ended up being a success

    • Chris Johnson

      The few positives? Like the fact that despite critics and people like you, the film is a hit?

      You have stated more times than I can probably imagine that you were unhappy about this movie, yet you and types like you cannot stop posting comments about it. Are you really THAT upset that the movie is making money? You didn’t like it so why do you care how much it makes OR doesn’t make?

      It’s just a movie! I couldn’t imagine carrying around so much frustration or reveling in misery over a subject I claim to care little for.

      If it upsets you so much, maybe you might want to stop reading articles about this movie or posting comments in forums related to this oh so damaging film.

      You might feel better.

      • Carl

        I’d feel better if they didn’t ruin Batman and Superman for the foreseeable future.

        Yes there are few positives about the movie other than the expectedly large opening it got. Go watch the many fan spoiler discussions on youtube pointing out the flaws while getting 1000s of upvotes.

        Also like I’ve said before, as long as HH, a site that I frequent for CBM news, keeps posting BvS fluff pieces, then I’ll keep posting the other side that they fail to report.

        • Chris Johnson

          Since when are the facts considered to be fluff?

          When you agree with them, or when you don’t?
          I don’t need to watch anything to convince me to feel one or another. I can already do that for myself. The numbers tell the tale. HH is talking number. People like you are spreading hate.

          If you don’t like the number, go post a comment to BoxOffice Mojo and be sure to tell them you don’t like it!

          • Carl

            Only talking about the positive is fluff. Like the Daily Planet did for Superman.

          • Chris Johnson

            Fluff definition

            entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial.

            HH is printing facts. Trivial or superficial are words rarely if ever associated with truth or fact. You are just having a hard time dealing with it.

            Too bad

          • Carl

            I don’t care what the dictionary meaning says. Maybe it’s not the right word but you know what I’m saying and just refuse to acknowledge it.

          • Chris Johnson

            Carl. Please. For your own self preservation.

            Just let it go. Maybe JL will satisfy you. Maybe it won’t. The sun will still rise.

          • Carl

            No hate, just dislike of a disappointing movie. I’m getting tons of entertainment out of the discussions over BvS, that makes me very happy.

            My expectations for JL are super low now because BvS messed up so much and Snyder won’t listen to criticism.

          • Lupin

            This guy makes trolls like you look hateful and pathetic. You will never be happy, you are broken Carl. you are broken, trolling Batman V superman news all over the internet. You are broken Carl
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKRmMQaLZz8

          • Carl

            lol

            BvS is what is broken.

        • unpaidpundit

          All the solo movies will be directed by people other than Zack Snyder, so there will be diverse perspectives on DC’s characters.

          • Carl

            Yeah but JL comes before all solos except Wonder Woman so Snyder gets to set the tone on them and potentially screw them up.

    • Lupin

      SHUT UP CARL! Your profile picture is a SEGA SATURN go back to 1996!

      • Carl

        Irrelevant

    • unpaidpundit

      Actually, a lot of the fan response I’ve read on the internet is positive. Many fans are expressing incredulity at the negative reviews in the media.

  • unpaidpundit

    A lot of people who bought into the ridiculous negative reviews for “BvS” are cheering for the film to crater at the box office as soon as possible. The haters are not sure of their own opinions, and need the rest of the world to agree with them, even if their reinforcement comes a week too late.