Batman v Superman just destroyed the March box office record

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just became the first movie to break the $170 million milestone during a March opening.

The movie grabbed $170.1 million in total North American box office take.

The former record holder for a March opening was “The Hunger Games” which took in $152.5 million when it debuted in 2012.

The movies opening is also the biggest of 2016 and the largest in Warner Bros. history.

It is the sixth largest opening weekend of all time.

Those numbers arrive despite fairly horrible reviews for the Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot starring flick.

Batman v Superman opened in 66 markets including China, bringing in a very impressive $424.1 million, the 4th largest worldwide opening of all-time.

The action hero movie opened in 4,242 theaters domestically this weekend.

While the movie has scored a very low 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, many experts had suspected that fans of both the Superman and Batman franchises would show up in droves to fuel a very strong opening weekend.

Ben Affleck is slated to appear in several stand-alone Batman films and the upcoming 2017 Justice League movie. That’s good news for Warner Bros. Affleck’s performance has been one of the few heralded aspects of the new film.

With very few new films opening in the coming weeks, even poor reviews may be unable to stop Batman v. Superman’s race towards the coveted $1 billion box office milestone.