Bad reviews were certainly not kryptonite for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film racked up $170.1 million this holiday weekend, besting Furious 7's record-breaking Easter box office and scoring the fourth-biggest global launch and the sixth-biggest domestic debut in history, just edging out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's $169.2 million. Not to mention Bat and Supes's epic showdown scored the best March opening of all time.
Apparently, Superman's cape is made of teflon.
So far, the critically maligned film -- which currently holds a 29 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes -- has made $424.1 million globally, which undoubtedly ensures the future of Zack Snyder's DC Extended Universe. While Marvel still holds third, fourth, and fifth place on the list of biggest domestic openings, thanks to The Avengers, Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3, Snyder's Batman V Superman set a DC Comics record, surpassing both The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) at the box office, which bodes well for new Dark Knight Ben Affleck.
Batman V Superman's record-breaking weekend further illustrates the so-called divide between audiences and critics. "There’s a real disconnect with what some critics wrote and how the fans are enjoying the film," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. "It doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s just an enjoyable afternoon at the movies."
While I don't agree with Goldstein's assessment that the film "doesn't take itself seriously" -- it's safe to say Snyder has crafted a morose universe for these DC titans -- I do think fans were going to see this movie regardless of the reviews. Putting Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, three of the most popular and recognizable faces in the world, together in one film was a brilliant marketing move from Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Who wouldn't want to see that movie? Then, there's the fact that the movie was used as a launch pad for DC's Justice League movie, yet another long-awaited cinematic feat. There was never any doubt BvS wouldn't score a huge box office.
That didn't stop Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher, Justice League's Aquaman and Cyborg, from having some fun at the critics's expense on Instagram. Over the weekend, the duo posted Batfleck memes poking fun at critics who skewered the film. Momoa's post reenacted Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent's cocktail party scene: "Critics who can’t act or know comics are a bit hypocritical, wouldn’t you say?"
"Shit made me laugh," Momoa wrote. "Just go have fun watch enjoy. Proud of WB and DC There’s a lot coming."
Meanwhile, Fisher posted another that spoofed Wayne’s speech to Alfred with the simple, yet pointed, caption: "Fans>Critics."
OK, we get it. Your movie made a ton of money and the DC Expanded Universe is thriving. So how about we move up that Flash movie, Warner Bros.