Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice launched to an estimated $82.01 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $27.7 million debut. That gives the WB/DC film the fourth highest opening day of all-time, ahead of Jurassic World's $81.95 million and just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron's $84.4 million. Yesterday's take also included $9.015 million from IMAX theaters alone.
The aid of Good Friday crowds certainly played a role in the strength of opening day for the hugely anticipated superhero showdown, but unfortunately, word of mouth is proving to be a struggle so far following poor critical reviews. The studio reports a concerning "B" CinemaScore from audiences, while Flixster audiences have given it a 73 percent rating as of Saturday morning (comparing to 90 percent for Ultron through the same point). Still, BvS topped Furious 7's $67.4 million opening day to set a new Good Friday/Easter weekend record, and appears headed for a debut weekend around $168 million. Should that hold, it would be the second largest debut in Warner Bros. history behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million) and the seventh highest overall; it would also top The Hunger Games' $152.5 million as the best March opening in history.
Opening in third place yesterday was My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 with an estimated $7.21 million. The sequel to one of the most popular rom-coms of the 2000s is successfully counter-programming against the superhero heavyweight as it looks to earn around $17.7 million this weekend (Universal itself is projecting higher at $19.06 million). Word of mouth, at 70 percent on Flixster, seems to be on par with last year's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 (69 percent).
Meanwhile, Zootopia added $9.52 million on Good Friday, bringing its domestic take up to $226.93 million. That latest runaway smash hit from Disney Animation should score around $25 million this weekend as it continues to ride a wave of phenomenal word of mouth.
Official weekend estimates from most studios will be reported on Easter Sunday, followed by all actual results on Monday.