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Batman v Superman might be a terrible movie, but it made a record-setting amount of money

Let's stop fighting and make out.
Let's stop fighting and make out.
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Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Despite a slew of poor reviews and plot holes upon plot holes, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice enjoyed a monumental opening weekend at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie hauled in an estimated $424.1 million worldwide and $170.1 million domestically.

To put those numbers in perspective, Batman v Superman's domestic opening weekend is the sixth largest of all time — ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It's also the fourth-largest worldwide opening in history, the largest domestic March opening, and the largest opening Warner Bros. has ever had.

Batman v Superman's box office success is good news for Warner Bros., which is counting on the movie to set the tone for the rest of its DC Comics cinematic universe, and to recoup the money the company poured into the superhero epic. According to an expert estimate from Bloomberg, Batman v Superman "would have to gross $1.15 billion worldwide at the box office, assuming production and global marketing costs of about $400 million" to be as profitable as the Marvel movies it wants to compete against. Though it still has a ways to go, it's off to a good start.