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Time Warner's 'Batman V. Superman' Takes Steep Box Office Drop In Second Weekend

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Time Warner's 'Batman V. Superman' Takes Steep Box Office Drop In Second Weekend

Last weekend's record-breaking debut of Warner Bros. (Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX)) "Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" was not without controversy. Analysts wondered if the film's abysmal reaction from critics would eventually impact the movie's future earnings, despite a strong start. This weekend, it looks like audiences may have given executives some possible answers.

While investors won't know the long-term success of the company's new DC Connected Universe of films until future editions come out, the short-term profitability is getting clearer. This weekend the film handily repeated its pole position status but not before falling nearly 70 percent week-to-week.

Nobody expected the film to put up the same stellar numbers as last week, but to plunge by this much in such a short time puts that initial reaction back into the forefront. Despite pocketing another $52 million and pushing its domestic total to $260+ million, a 68 percent drop doesn't inspire confidence in future earnings.

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The movie is seeing a similar international decline with a slip of 67 percent, even as its global haul creeps over $680 million. However, Warner Bros. is firing back by reminding investors the film is already higher than the entire run of other Marvel branded films including "Ant-Man," "Wolverine" and both "Thor" movies.

The question becomes if that momentum will carry to future films or if the studio let a major opportunity slip through its fingers. Investors will know a lot more when "Suicide Squad" opens this August.

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