Updated March 25, 2016: Warner Bros.'s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $27.7m in Thursday (beginning with 6pm showings) domestic ticket sales, according to Deadline. Those numbers place it behind Dark Knight Rises's $30.6m in 2012 (but limited to 12am openings), but ahead of Avengers ($18.7m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6m) and Man of Steel ($12m).
The Zack Snyder-directed film, which currently has a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score, eclipsed same-day sales for last year's Easter hit Furious 7, which scored $15.7m during its opening Thursday frame.
Boxoffice is still projecting the film to open the Easter weekend with a healhty $170-175m. The real story of Batman v Superman will ultimmately be how well the film holds up after the front-loaded opening weekend.
Original Story: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has earned an estimated $7 million in first-day international screenings, according to Deadline. The movie currently holds the #1 spot in Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belgium, on a combined estimated 5,900 screens.
The Zack Snyder-directed film performed strongest in Spain with $1.8m earned on 702 screens, making it the top 2016 opening for the country, surpassing Deadpool.
Deadline currently projects a $350m global opening weekend for the film, although Variety projects it just over $300m. Factoring in the early negative critical reviews but also social media activity, Box Office currently projects a $172m domestic opening for the film - actually up from its orginal pre-reviews estimate.
Comparing it to its predecessor, 2013's Man of Steel earned $116m domestically during its opening weekend before ultimately reaching $291m, as well as $377m internationally, for a total of $668m.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens Thursday evening in the U.S. market.