Saturday, June 15, 2024

Batman and Superman Save Warner Bros. with $170 Mil Record Breaking Weekend


Warner Bros. has been starved for a hit for a long time– since Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” to be exact. Now they have it. “Batman vs. Superman” came in at $170 million for the weekend, setting a record for March and finishing 6th of all time debut weekends. Whew!

“BvS” also is the biggest opening Batman movie, beating “The Dark Knight Rises.”

It looked dicey, too. The reviews were soggy thanks to buzzkill bloggers who whined about one thing or another. But the fans came through, and kids loved Zack Snyder’s movie. Oh remember kids? They’re the ones who read comic books. That’s who “BvS” is for. And they ratified it.

With foreign box office, “BvS” zooms to well over a total of $450 million. (Keep refreshing.) The movie cost $250 million. So Warner Bros. can relax. They’ll make money and launch a whole series of movies including “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League,” plus more Batman movies with Ben Affleck, Wonder Woman, and no doubt another Superman movie with Henry Cavill.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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