Faster than a speeding bullet? I don’t know about that but I can confirm that grossing $141.3 million in little over 4 days is very fast, even for Superman. So in other words Man of Steel is another successful reboot for Warner Bros.
After debuting with the best June opening weekend of all time (15th overall), $116.6 million, Man of Steel is now at $141.3 million. Looking at past superhero origin stories, this new Superman retelling is leading the pack. Believe me, it’s no small feat to stand above very successful movies like Spider-Man ($125.8 million after 4 days), Iron Man 1 ($109 million, again after 4 days) and even The Amazing Spider-Man ($95.5 million) or Batman Begins ($57.2 million). Right now Man of Steel is already the 8th highest grossing superhero origin story ever and a week from now we’ll probably see it in 4th. When all will be said and done in North America, I expect at the very least $300 million for this 6th Superman flick. Anything above $320 million would end up being extremely impressive. Either way Warner Bros. made a bet with Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer’s take on the man of steel and surprise surprise, it paid off. They’ve known for quite some time that this would be a winner, so I’m not surprised the sequel is already in production, maybe to be released sooner than you might think.
Although Man of Steel clearly stole the spotlight this past weekend, Sony’s ensemble R-rated comedy This is the End deserves more than a few nods, or at least a flashlight, if only for having the courage to open against such a juggernaut. With $20.7 million over the weekend and $33 million after 5 days, This is the End held its own quite well in 2nd place. Now in the ensemble Hollywood spoof genre (which is rather thin), This is the End is 2nd only to Tropic Thunder ($36.8 million after 5 days).
Now You See Me stayed in 3rd with $11 million for a total of $80.7 million after 17 days in theaters. I must say I’m impressed, was expecting this to drop faster.
Fast and Furious 6 was down to 4th at $9.5 million and a new series best of $219.7 million.
Rounding out the top 5 was The Purge, last week’s #1 film, now off by 75.6%. That’s a very heavy drop for the thriller, now down to $8.3 million. But that’s really nothing to worry since the film already made $51.9 million on a $3 million budget.