While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is being ripped apart from critics, it is making more money than the negative reviews can whinge about it - pulling in over $170 million domestically in its first weekend. For the worldwide numbers, Batman v Superman is crushing it - raking in an insane $424 million so far ($254 million of that from international box office sales).
Considering Warner Bros. had a huge $250 million budget, Batman v Superman will make that back within the next week, pushing against its insanely awful 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With a $170 million opening weekend haul, it would make Batman v Superman place somewhere around #5 when it comes to opening weekend dominance domestically.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted to the tune of $248 million late last year, and then Jurassic World stomped through earlier in 2015 with its huge $209 million opening. Batman v Superman is breaking other records as well, such as it being the biggest Thursday pre-show on an Easter weekend, too.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally here, with the movie beating both The Dark Knight and The Avengers at the box office on Thursday night.
During its preview debut on Thursday, Batman v Superman made $27.7 million at the domestic box office - beating out Age of Ultron which pulled in $27.6 million last year. It also beat The Dark Night, which made $18.5 million during its preview screenings. The all-time record for Thursday night screenings still goes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which commanded a huge $57 million during its Thursday night screening.
Batman v Superman is still aiming at around $160 million for its opening weekend, even through a sea of negative reviews. It's already scooped up $7 million overseas, as it is flooding international markets. I've seen it and simply wasn't a fan - even after enjoying Man of Steel - seeing it a second time with the disappointment behind me had a more enjoyable feel - but it is definitely very messy with its editing, and its characters are constantly in impossible situations - which feels super forced. The last third of the movie however, is pretty much directly out of the comic book - which is awesome.
Have you seen Batman v Superman yet? If so, what did you think?
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has flown into cinemas, Marvel is sitting in the shadows with Captain America: Civil War set for release on May 8.
In order to catch up with why Captain America and Iron Man are fighting in the movie - among half the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - catch up with the story from all of the movies with the 'MCU Supercut - The Road to Civil War'. It's a 7-minute clip that explains everything incredibly well, setting you up for Civil War late next month (in some parts of the world) and May 8 in the US.
On the day that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the Blu-ray rip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has appeared on torrent sites.
The official Blu-ray arrives on April 5, and four days ahead of that The Force Awakens through digital download. In the first 12 hours, TorrentFreak estimates that Star Wars: The Force Awakens had amassed 250,000 downloads - but I'm sure it's into the millions by now.
Disney can't do much to get it off the Internet, apart from the usual DRM and takedown notices. If Disney wants to get ahead of this, they're going to have to bite their tongue - or release it early. I think Disney will be biting down quite hard on its tongue right about now.
The hype surrounding the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been nothing but out of this world, with early reviews really slamming Warner Bros.' new superhero movie.
Some of the reviews, such as Uproxx's review, state: "I am gobsmacked by just how dull this movie turned out to be". Screencrush's Matt Singer said: "In Snyder's formulation, protecting the world from evil isn't a gift or a calling; it's a burden. And that feeling is reflected in the movie itself, a burdensome 150-minute slog about two men fighting over who is in the right when both are very clearly in the wrong".
Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter says that the writers gave up when it came to pushing Wonder Woman into the movie, explaining: "With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat".
Netflix is spending more money, securing the rights to Bright in a bidding match with Warner Bros./MGM and PalmStar.
Bright is pitched as an R-rated thriller with fantasy elements, costing Netflix a reported $90 million. The streaming giant just secured the rights to War Machine with Brad Pitt recently, to the tune of $60 million, so Netflix is spending big in order to have the names Brad Pitt and Will Smith on its content.
Smith will reportedly play a cop partnered with an orc, who will be played by Aussie actor John Edgerton. $45 million of the total cost will be used to shoot it, with $45 million being spent on talent, and the back end residual fees Netflix won't get because of its anticipated limited cinema release.
The latest trailer to X-Men: Apocalypse is here, with Bryan Singer continuing his directing run after the stellar X-Men: Days of Future Past. Check it out, below:
The trailer highlights the movie's main villain - Apocalypse - reintroducing the concept of his Four Horsemen. In the comics, the Four Horsemen are mutants who bodies and minds are changed by Apocalypse, becoming his slaves. During the war, these mutants are his closest allies, and when he needs to attack someone or something, these mutants carry it out.
The trailer expands on our look of the new Jean Grey and Scott Summers (Phoenix and Cyclops), but the larger battle is still at play. X-Men: Apocalypse kicks off after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with a younger group of mutants taking helm.
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters on May 27.
Marvel has been having a great run with its shows on Netflix, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Luke Cage is right around the corner - with a debut date of September 30.
After the events of Jessica Jones, Cage moves to Harlem where he will have enemies in Black Mariah and Cottonmouth. After what I saw of Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, I think that we'll see yet another huge hit within the show for both Netflix and Marvel.
Marvel has dropped the latest official trailer for Captain America: Civil War, which is filled with so much goodness, that any Marvel or comic book geek is going to require a change of pants.
The new trailer gives us a better look at the conflict between The Avengers, with Iron Man and Captain America getting up in each other's faces. We have a much better, but not-so-long look at Black Panther, and we get a better glimpse of Ant-Man. But the best bit is in the last few seconds, where we see Spider-Man join in on the fun... saying "hey everyone".
Spider-Man sports an all-new suit, with moving eyes - just like Deadpool (something Deadpool took from Spider-Man in the comics). Spider-Man can now show emotions through his suit, which is a great evolution over the previous Spider-Man movies (both of the Spider-Man franchises from Sony, the original Spider-Man movies, and The Amazing Spider-Man reboot).
Captain America: Civil War reaches theaters on May 6.
Keanu Reeves is currently training for John Wick: Chapter Two, where a new video has emerged of him "shedding" - or training with guns - with Taran Tactical.
Taran Tactical Innovations took to Facebook, explaining: "Well ladies and gents, everyone loves a little shredding. Make sure you guys check out 'John Wick II' when it hits theaters. The firearms action alone will be unlike anything you've ever seen. So much of it is revolutionary stuff that we gun owners have known of for years but never made it to the big screen".
It looks like Neo didn't die in The Matrix Revolutions, he just turned into Keanu Reeves and starting making movies as Reeves. Check out John Wick: Chapter Two when it's released next year.