Are film critics in this day and age completely useless? We wondered as much in a recent post after nearly every notable movie critic out there slammed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in their reviews. You can read a quick review roundup right here. It even got to the point where Zack Snyder and several members of the film’s cast had to defend the movie in interviews ahead of its opening.
Well, if you’re looking for evidence that the general public completely ignores film critics, you’ve found it: After enjoying one of the biggest openings in box office history, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just passed $700 million worldwide.
Warner Bros. announced earlier this week that its epic clash of DC Comics titans was on the brink of topping $700 million globally at the box office, as Variety reported. That figure was topped on Tuesday, and it took the Batman v Superman movie less than two full weeks to reach the major milestone.
For comparison, Man of Steel took 14 weeks to pull in $668 million worldwide following its release in 2013.
What’s most interesting about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t just the amount of money it is pulling in or the speed at which it’s raking in all that cash. It’s the discrepancy between critics’ opinions and fans’ opinions. The new Snyder film has a 29% from the critics according to Rotten Tomatoes, but meanwhile more than 191,000 fan ratings have graded it at 70%. On ComicBook.com, the movie is ranked No. 3 all time behind only The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.