Batman v Superman gross revised down to $166.1 million

Final box-office figures took a little wind out of the sails of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, revising it from the Sunday estimate of $170.1 million down to $166.1 million.

DC superhero film is 7th-best ever opening, after Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Batman and Superman might look less grumpy once they find out that their superhero slugfest took in an estimated $166.1 million US box office, in defiance of lukewarm reviews. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Associated Press)

Final box-office figures took a little wind out of the sails of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Warner Bros. on Monday revised down the film's weekend gross by $4 million US, lowering it from the Sunday estimate of $170.1 million to $166.1 million. Such corrections are common, though the difference for Batman v Superman was slightly more than normal and had an effect on the film's place in the record books.

The movie's Easter weekend debut now drops a notch on the biggest openings list to seventh, sliding in behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. That film's $169.2 million opening also retakes its place as Warner Bros.' top debut ever.

It's nevertheless a massive launch for the poorly reviewed Batman v Superman, marking the biggest presummer debut. The movie stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as duelling superheroes, and sets the stage for multiple superhero films to come, featuring the Justice League — DC's analogue to Marvel's Avengers.

Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam! and Green Lantern are all on the list for solo films in the next five years, in addition to two Justice League films.

Batman v Superman currently has a Metacritic score of 44 out of 100, and a 29 per cent average score on Rotten Tomatoes.

with files from CBC News


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