THIRD WRITETHRU, 1:10 PM: Warner Bros International reporting that the cinematic brawl between the Dark Knight and Son of Jor-El is now at $501.9M worldwide. Tuesday’s global take is $33M, and foreign B.O. now stands at $308.6M. We reported earlier that stateside ticket sales are at $193.27M with $200M in sight for today. The Monday-to-Tuesday decline was a healthy 34% post-Easter Monday in many offshore markets. In a statement, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warners’ president of Worldwide Distribution beamed, “These incredible numbers are building momentum for not only this movie but for the upcoming slate of DC superhero films.”
As we reported on Monday, for BvS to turn a profit in its theatrical release alone (before any ancillaries), the film would need to make between $925M-$930M worldwide.
WB International sent out a territory breakout, which was delayed given the Easter Monday holiday. Tuesday oveseas $21.7M at 21K screens. China is the lead market with $65.9M, which is ahead of Dark Knight Rises’ $53M there. Many believe it will cross $100M in the Middle Kingdom, and that generally brings $25M back to studio coffers when a pic hits that milestone there. Still, BvS isn’t expected to rack up the $240M killer figures that Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron put up in China. United Kingdom is second with $28.9M, with Mexico at $21.6m, Brazil with $14.5m, Australia at $13M, France with $10.8M, Germany $10.2M and Italy with $7.8M.
PREVIOUSLY: Warner Bros.’ Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice snatched the Tuesday record in March with $12.2M, beating The Hunger Games’ previous high of $10.3M. Total domestic cume now stands at $193.27M, and at this pace BvS will cross the two-century mark today. BvS is down 19% from Monday’s $15M. Worldwide yesterday, BvS raked in $46M for the day. International, which Warner Bros. will likely update today, was at $287.5M through Monday.
BvS‘ daily B.O. yesterday also kicked some other superhero Tuesday records, most of them falling in the summer including Spider-Man 2 ($12M), Guardians Of The Galaxy ($11.9M), Man Of Steel ($11.5M), Iron Man 3 ($11.3M) and February’s Deadpool ($11.56M). In regards to the best pre-summer Tuesday, Universal’s Furious 7 holds that record with $13.3M.
Without a major studio wide release this weekend, the box office is BvS’ oyster. Some analysts are re-adjusting their weekend forecasts given that BvS’ word of mouth is overcoming any poisonous reviews. Hence, BvS‘ second FSS should be down 60%-65% from the opening weekend, or $58M-$66M. F7‘s post-Easter decline was 60%, or $59.6M.
Unlike F7‘s four-weekend No. 1 run last year, there are more premium studio titles standing in BvS’ way this spring than Uni’s sevenquel faced. On April 8, Universal debuts the R-rated Melissa McCarthy title The Boss, thought that may not unseat BvS from No. 1 as the comedy is set to make $24M per industry tracking (that’s a little more than the three-day for McCarthy’s bawdy Tammy). On April 15, many anticipate Jon Favreau’s live-action take on The Jungle Book to topple DC’s beefcakes in tights with a $60M-$70M FSS.
Further proof that the superhero genre never lets up: yesterday, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool overthrew Warner Bros.’ American Sniper as the second-highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time with $350.6M, behind Passion Of The Christ‘s $370M.
Uni’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 benefited from bargain ticket Tuesdays across the nation — a standard midweek promotion that most theaters run — seeing a 10% uptick over Monday for $2.2M at 3,133 venues for a running five-day take of $22.1M.
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