LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Man of Steel" leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend.
The Warner Bros. superhero film earned $113 million
in its opening weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates
Sunday. The retelling of Superman's backstory earned an additional $12
million from Thursday screenings, bringing its domestic total to $125
million. Original box-office expectations for "Man of Steel" ranged from
$75 million to $130 million.
"They finally got the Superman formula right," said
Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
"Superhero movies really are the bread and butter of the summer box
office. The fact that 'Iron Man 3' has the biggest opening of the year
so far and 'Man of Steel' has the second biggest opening of the year
just proves that."
"Man of Steel," which stars Henry Cavill as
Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, also nabbed the record for June's
biggest opening away from "Toy Story 3," the Disney-Pixar film which
banked $110.3 million when it opened in 2010. "Superman Returns," the
previous Superman film starring Brandon Routh in the titular role,
launched with $52.5 million in 2006.
The new take on Superman's origin also performed
solidly overseas, earning $71.6 million from 24 territories, including
the Philippines, India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, where "Man of
Steel" earned $17.1 million. The film, which also stars Russell Crowe
and Michael Shannon, is set to open next weekend in 27 more territories,
such as Russia and China.
Sony's "This Is the End" debuted in second place in
North America behind "Man of Steel" with $20.5 million in its opening
weekend. The comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill as
versions of themselves trapped in a mansion during the apocalypse opened
Wednesday, earning a domestic total of $32.8 million. The film cost
just $32 million to produce.
"We knew we were going to have competition, but we
felt our movie stood on its own and had its own voice," said Rory Bruer,
Sony's president of worldwide distribution. "I believe we've absolutely
proven that. To have this amount of money in the bank with its cost of
production, good reviews and word of mouth really puts our feet on solid
In its third weekend at the box office, the
Lionsgate illusionist heist film "Now You See Me" fleeced $10.3 million
in third place, bringing its total domestic haul to $80 million.
Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" arrived in fourth place with $9.4
million, while the studio's invasion horror film "The Purge" starring
Ethan Hawke scared up $8.2 million in the fifth spot.
The super openings of "Man of Steel" and "This Is
the End" helped to lift the box office 50 percent over last year when
"Madagascar 3" and "Prometheus" held on to the top spots. "Man of Steel"
will face off against stiff competition next week when Paramount's
zombie thriller "World War Z" and the Disney-Pixar's prequel "Monsters
University" both debut.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at
U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where
available, latest international numbers are also included. Final
domestic figures will be released on Monday.
1. "Man of Steel," $113 million ($71.6 million international).
2. "This Is the End," $20.5 million.
3. "Now You See Me," $10.3 million ($15.6 million international).
4. "Fast & Furious 6," $9.4 million ($20 million international).
5. "The Purge," $8.2 million ($2.4 million international).
6. "The Internship," $7 million ($5.1 million international).
7. "Epic," $6 million ($8.1 million international).
8. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $5.6 million ($17 million international).
9. "After Earth," $3.7 million ($24 million international).
10. "Iron Man 3," $2.9 million ($1 million international).
Estimated weekend ticket sales at international
theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas
by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
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