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'Batman v Superman' breaks a box-office record for best pre-summer debut

'Batman v Superman' breaks a box-office record for best pre-summer debut

In the cinematic battle between two of the world’s greatest superheroes, the true winner is Warner Bros., whose “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” now holds the record for largest pre-summer debut. Grossing a whopping estimated $170.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, the film bests the former record-holder, 2012’s “The Hunger Games, which had a $152.2-million March opening.

The Zack Snyder-directed picture also is the largest opening of a Batman film ever, surpassing Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," which debuted to $160.9 million in 2012, and the sixth-best opening for any film, overtaking 2011’s “Harry Potter and the...

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