Box Office: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Flies to Early $7M Overseas
The superhero tentpole will be playing in almost every corner of the globe by Friday, including China.
Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has dawned overseas, jumping to $7 million from its first 10 foreign territories on Wednesday, including $1.8 million in Spain, the biggest opening day of the year to date and beating Deadpool.
The tragic terrorist attacks in the Belgium capital of Brussels didn't seem to dampen interest among Europeans in turning out to see the superhero tentpole, which teams Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) on the big screen for the first time. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) also makes her feature film debut.
Despite some continued theater closures in Brussels, Belgium turned in a solid $191,000 on 150 screens.
After Spain, France led with $1.7 million, followed by Italy with $1.1 million, ahead of Deadpool's Thursday opening in February. Batman v Superman also opened in several Scandinavian markets to strong numbers, including $501,000 in Norway, the biggest opening-day of 2016 to date.
Batman v Superman opened No. 1 in each of the markets where it landed Wednesday, playing on a total of 5,900 screens. It opens Thursday in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and most parts of Russia.
Dawn of Justice will be playing around the globe by Friday, including in China. The $250 million movie begins rolling out in North America Thursday night in roughly 3,800 theaters before expanding into more than 4,000 locations Friday morning, the beginning of Easter weekend.
Tracking suggests Dawn of Justice will debut to $150 million or more domestically and $350 million globally.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, which have a great deal riding on Batman v Superman as they try to compete with Marvel's cinematic universe, are being more cautious, suggesting north of $300 million globally. Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams and Holly Hunter also star. Among the producers are Chuck Roven and Deb Snyder.