'Batman v Superman' grosses $424M in opening weekend

'Batman v Superman' grosses $424M in opening weekend WB/DC COMICS

Despite mostly negative reviews, the Warner Bros./DC Comics major motion picture 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' raked in the dough at the box office during the film's opening weekend.

Earning an estimated worldwide box office total of $424.1 million, 'Batman v Superman' achieved what WB says is the top superhero movie opening of all time and the fourth-biggest industry opening of all time.  The announcement came Sunday from Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

“We’re so excited by the fantastic global success of this film," said Kroll.  "Anticipation has been building with movie fans everywhere for ‘Batman v Superman’ and the buzz has been nothing short of amazing.  This tremendous result at the box office is a tribute to the cinematic world that Zack Snyder has created to bring these two iconic heroes together, and it’s so gratifying that audiences everywhere are loving the film.”

Directed by Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck ("Chasing Amy") as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Henry Cavill ("The Tudors") as Clark Kent/Superman.  Also appearing in the movie are Oscar nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Larry Fong (“300,” “Watchmen”) and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos (“300: Rise of an Empire”), and from his “Man of Steel” team, editor David Brenner, costume designer Michael Wilkinson, visual effects supervisor John “DJ” DesJardin, and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) working in conjunction with composer Junkie XL (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

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