Box Office: Man of Steel is #1, But He’s No Batman or The Avengers

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013) Movie PosterAs expected, and with only the comedy “This is the End” to stand in its way, Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” opened in first place with $113 million over the weekend, and $125 million if you count the film’s Thursday showings for tickets purchased exclusively through Wal-Mart. That’s a pretty darn good haul, and it gives Supes’ return to the big-screen since 2006’s “Superman Returns” the biggest all-time opening in June. The performance of the Big Blue Boy Scout (or maybe not so much a boy scout anymore considering the events of “Man of Steel”?) certainly bodes well for other D.C./Warner Bros. superhero movies moving forward, especially if the film’s overseas numbers are comparable (or even better) than the domestic figures.

The only major studio opposition to Clark Kent’s re-invention was the “Hollywood buddies get together to make a movie” movie “This is the End”. The meta-rific comedy opened in 2nd place with $20.5 million over the weekend, which is not bad for a comedy made for just $32 million. It actually made $32.8 million total for the entire week, having opened earlier on Wednesday. “This is the End” co-stars Emma Watson (as Emma Watson), who takes the main lead in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring”, which opened in limited release (just 5 screens).

In terms of comic book movie openings, “Man of Steel” trails just behind the aforementioned “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. Whedon’s Marvel superteam, of course, is #1 with an impressive $207 million opening a year ago, while Nolan’s “Rises” took in $160 million later that same year. Nolan also happens to be a producer with a “story by” credit on Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, for what that’s worth.

So where does Superman and Warner Bros. go from here? Fanboys are no doubt hoping for a meeting with Nolan’s The Dark Knight and a certain Amazonian Princess, and possibly a guy from space. One of these days, anyway…

In honor of Superman’s June domination, here are two new TV spots for the movie:

Via : Box Office Mojo