Tracking figures aren’t in yet, but the first long-range box-office estimates are out for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” over at Pro Box-Office which suggest the new film is aiming for a $154 million opening against a project $388 million domestic gross.
That would put it certainly above the $116.6 million opening of “Man of Steel” and nearly on par with the $160 million opening weekend haul of “The Dark Knight Rises”. The report, which has also tracked social media figures, suggest the film is performing stronger on those fronts than “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7” but softer than “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at the same point in their respective cycles (ie. around 7 weeks out from release).
The figures come as Empire has spoken with actor Jesse Eisenberg about his take on Lex Luthor in the film, the inevitable comparisons to Eisenberg’s work on “The Social Network,” and his relevance in the story:
“If there are some surface similarities to another role, an audience will tend to see that. An actor won’t. Lex feels like a totally new and unusual person. It was written in a way I would say dovetails with my skills, it was written with a real psychological underpinning, it was written with a kind of humour that I knew I could do.
And with a dramatic intensity that I enjoy. He uses wordplay and very clever allusions to other stories and myths, but it never compromises what is scary about him. [He’s] full of rage. He is the guy who won’t sleep to get something done.
What I think, makes the story relevant is this questioning of the value of this kind of power in the real world. So my character, who has what we would think of as modern financial success, it threatened by this guy who has power in a supernatural way. Superman is an existential threat to my character.”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits cinemas on March 25th 2016.