As 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