‘Batman v Superman’ scores fourth biggest opening weekend ever

Despite disappointing reviews, the superhero movie breaks a number of box office records

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has scored the fourth biggest opening weekend in global box office history.

Despite disappointing reviews, Zack Snyder’s superhero mash-up movie raked in $424.1 million (£299.2 million) worldwide – a total only beaten in the past by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In the process, the Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill-fronted blockbuster set a number of box office records, including the best ever March opening in both the US and UK.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice also scored the best opening weekend of 2016 so far, overtaking previous pace-setter Deadpool.

“There is no question this is an extraordinary achievement,” Warner Bros’ Jeff Goldstein told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Clearly, audiences have embraced it and we are already seeing repeat business. It’s just fun. Often, there’s a disconnect between critics and audiences.”

Ahead of the film’s opening, a survey found that audiences were rooting for Ben Affleck’s Batman over Henry Cavill’s Superman. However, Wonder Woman beat out both superheroes in terms of popularity with 88% of respondents saying that they were most excited to see her first appearance on the big screen.

Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot takes on the role of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s film, and will star in her own movie next year.