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'Batman v Superman' shrugs off bad reviews, opens to $170 M

6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago March 27, 2016 Mar 27, 2016 Sunday, March 27 2016 March 27, 2016 1:50 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

NEW YORK - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" shrugged off lousy reviews to debut with an estimated $170.1 million in North America, the sixth best weekend opening.

The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. superhero showdown, which cost $250 million to make and nearly as much to market. But the studio's bid to kick start a DC Comics universe to rival Marvel's empire fought against skepticism over Ben Affleck's casting as Batman and a barrage of bad reviews earlier in the week.

Audiences gave the film a mediocre B CinemaScore, which suggested many moviegoers agreed with critics. But the allure of seeing two of the most iconic superheroes battle was enough to set a new record for the best pre-summer debut.

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