In what will surely add fire to the schadenfreude being experienced by those that hate what Zack Snyder has done with the DC Comics Extended Universe, it seems that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice can come in at number one at the box office in its second weekend, but still lose. Batman V. Superman collected another $52.4 million at the domestic box office this weekend, which normally isn’t a cause of concern, but after a $166 million opening weekend, making significantly less than half then that in the second weekend is not a good sign for the longevity of the film.
With a 68 per cent dip at the box office from week one to week two, Batman V. Superman now owns the title for the second biggest overall loss in its second weekend. Oddly enough, the actual record holder is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which is also the record holder for Warner Bros. biggest opening weekend. Batman V. Superman did secure another record over the weekend, biggest second Friday drop with a whopping 81 per cent. Those numbers should be enough to make the studio concerned.
“We’re not concerned with the drop,” said Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein to The Hollywood Reporter. “No matter how you slice it, to get to $52 million on any given weekend is an enormous accomplishment. We’re most focused on where we are in total. And our global number is huge.”
On the bright side, BvS brought it an additional $85 million internationally, which brings up the movie’s worldwide total to $681 million, which is more than the total worldwide gross of Man of Steel. Also on the good news front is that Batman V. Superman will likely have at least one more week at the top of the box office until The Jungle Book comes out on April 15. Still, reports say that the movie will have to make close to a billion dollars, just to break even.
In the meantime, Justice League – Part One is expected to begin principal photography a week from today on April 11.
Source: Comic Book Movie