After claiming the top in North America Man of Steel did the same around the world. We could also say it was an easy win since the Superman reboot grossed almost three times as much as the movie in 2nd, After Earth (which by the way, held better than I was expecting).
Man of Steel opened in only 25 markets over the weekend yet still ended up with a $73.3 million opening. That right there brings the film’s worldwide total to $235 million. Considering Man of Steel arrives in 27 more countries tomorrow, I’m anticipating another (at the very least) equally strong weekend. So basically it could end up doubling its $225 million budget in maybe two weeks. Stellar performance compared to Superman Returns which finished at $391.1 million worldwide 7 years ago. A final total for Man of Steel might be hard to predict so soon but I’m gonna take a stab at it anyway. With $350-400 million by Sunday, Superman should be good for $650-700 million worldwide, probably more.
After Earth came in a solid 2nd, $24.5 million for an international take of $91.8 million. Worldwide Will Smith’s latest stands at $147.4 million, ranking 15th for the actor. Meanwhile Jaden Smith has After Earth at #4, out of 4 flicks. It might eventually pass The Day the Earth Stood Still ($233.1 million), but not much more than that. Now Shyamalan has directed 9 films released worldwide with this latest at #8, soon to be 7th. Here’s the bottom line, while I expect Sony to lose a few millions now, this is a Will Smith movie at the end of the day so they will get every last cent back eventually. So box office bomb? Not really, just disappointing.
Fast and Furious 6 keeps its momentum going with $19.9 million. So far the film’s international cume is at $417.3 million (a new record for the series) while worldwide is at $639.2 million (guess what, again a record). It’s gonna drive past the $700 million mark soon and probably run out of gas a few million dollars later.
We know the current Hollywood box office mentality is hit hard (open big) and get that money as fast as possible (before people notice how bad your movie is). But Star Trek Into Darkness is proof that slow and steady can still win a fight or two. $17 million later and this became the first Star Trek film to ever pass $200 million internationally. Again, I hoped for more but $414.1 million worldwide after a month is not bad at all.
The Hangover Part III rounds out the top 5 with $16.7 million and $310.5 million worldwide. I’m sticking to my $350 million prediction for this one.