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Batman v Superman hits $800M, but “The Jungle Book” is coming

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It’s been a pretty fantastic ride for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Although the film released to mixed-reviews, the project has reached another watermark on the charts this week.

Warner Bros. announced that the worldwide total of the film has reached $800 million to-date, and while the film may not be expected to win another box-office weekend, that total will continue to rise. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Kwan Vandenberg said, “We want to thank our partners in exhibition for their unwavering support in delivering the film, day-and-date, to a record number of screens for a March corridor, further demonstrating our commitment to a 12-month strategy for films of every genre. We also want to thank fans around the world for sharing their passion for these characters and this story by heading to the theatres for ‘Batman v Superman,’ and we congratulate the cast and filmmakers on the film’s ongoing success.”

The domestic box office now stands at $301.2 million, with the international box office at $500.5 million, for a global total of $801.7 million.

The film comes from director Zack Snyder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” stars Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film was produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

Last week the film came in second-place on the domestic box-office charts, losing the top-spot to “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy. The superhero film did manage to bring in $23.43M, and it remained at 4,102 theaters.

All of the standings from last week are expected to change dramatically over this weekend. Disney’s highly-anticipated, and well reviewed, “The Jungle Book” will release in an expected 4,028 locations over its debut weekend. The CGI and live-action adaptation of the classic story is expected to dominate the other films and remain at number-one for the next few weeks. Also releasing this weekend are “Criminal” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” both opening in almost half the amount of theaters as “Jungle Book”.