If current projections hold, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be one of the top ten highest-grossing openings of all time at the domestic box office.
...Well, #10, anyway.
BoxOffice.com is projecting a $154 million opening weekend for Batman V Superman, which would slide it into the bottom of the top ten between a pair of Hunger Games movies. For context, a $154 million opening would be about double what the same site expects Deadpool to earn ($76 million) in its opening frame and would place the film between Spider-Man 3 ($113 million) and The Dark Knight ($158 million).
They suggest that the movie's projection could be artificially lower because of the glut of high-profile comics adaptations coming this year, starting with February's Deadpool and running all the way through Suicide Squad in August.
Man of Steel opened at $116 million and eventually made $291 million at the domestic box office. For a recent, close comparison, The Hunger Games opened at $152 million and eventually made $408 million, while Furious 7 made $147 million in its opening frame and went on to gross $353 million.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.