Dawn of Justice, in wake of mixed reviews and reactions, has managed to swoop over $400 million at box office this weekend.

The global sales included $170.1m in the united states, and is ranked the fourth highest ever opening weekend.  In the UK, it took £15.5m, which is also a record for March.

After a mixed pot of reviews for Dawn of Justice, the film was a massive success for the films creators, Warner Bros.

The studio has been unsuccessful in the past with films like Jupiter Ascending and Pan, neither of which managed to bag more than $20 million.

The DC Comics film cost over $250 million to make, and was Warner Bros’ second highest international opening after The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. 

The BBC’s review, written by Mark Kermode, described the film as a “crushing disappointment”, which seems to be the overall reaction from many critics. Fans, however, have praised the film immensely, and Jeff Goldstein, head of distribution for Warner Bros, said: “There was a disconnect there between what critics wrote and the fan interest and the fan response.”

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Henry Cavill returns as the Man of Steel.

The Zack Snyder film is the first in a line of 10 DC films coming in the next five years. The next release will be Suicide Squad in September, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

Dawn of Justice opened on more than 40,000 screens worldwide, including 16,000 in China, 4,242 in the US, and 1,701 in the UK.

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People have shown particular love for Ben Affleck’s Batman, and it’s been said that he’s probably the only good thing that came out of the film.

Last weekend’s top film, Zootopia (Zootropolis in the UK) was pushed into second place by the brooding hero fest, and took $23.1m (£16.3m) in the US.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still holds the record for the biggest opening weekend globally, with a combined global ticket total of $529m (£355m) in December, which equally did well in terms of reviews.