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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has taken $424m (£300m) at the box office worldwide in its first five days despite poor reviews. The global total - the fourth-highest ever - included $170.1m in the United States, a record for a March debut and the sixth-highest US opening weekend. Dawn of Justice took £15.5m in the UK - also a record for March. The film bringing the two superheroes together for the first time is a welcome success for Warner Bros. The studio has been hit by a series of expensive failures such as Jupiter Ascending and Pan in recent months.

The DC Comics adaptation, which cost more than $250m to make, was Warner Bros’ second-highest international opening after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The BBC’s Mark Kermode described it as a “crushing disappointment”, while Kate Muir wrote in The Times: “This superhero-smorgasbord melts into an electric soup of CGI.”

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.” The film had been widely praised by fans after its first screening in New York in mid-March, but received less glowing reviews from critics.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said: “It proves that the concept is bigger than negative reviews. There was no way that if you’re a comic book fan or just a movie fan that you’re going to miss out on a match-up of such iconic characters. Audiences have to see the movie for themselves.’’