Friday Box Office: MAN OF STEEL Earns $44 Million on First Full Day in Theaters

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Man of Steel earned an estimated $44 million on Friday: its first official day in theaters. That total includes $9 million from midnight screenings but not the $12 million from the “advanced screenings” that began Thursday night at 7 pm. So far, the Superman reboot has earned over $56 million in its US debut and is now on track for around $112 million (or $124 total) through Sunday. That would give Man of Steel the highest June opening of all time: ahead of both Toy Story 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – though the latter’s Wednesday release date makes comparing weekend results somewhat pointless.

The takeaway here is that Man of Steel is in excellent shape. With or without Thursday night’s grosses, the film will far exceed Warner Brothers’ projection of $85 million by Sunday – a number it took Superman Returns six days to reach back in 2006.  We’ll have more box office news tomorrow including coverage of This is The End, the comedy that is successfully counter-programming Superman.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Man of Steel $44,050,000 $56.05
2.  This is the End $6,850,000 $19.15
3.  Now You See Me $3,290,000 $72.9
4.  The Purge $2,900,000 $46.5
5.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,700,000 $212.8



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  • Lance

    This victory is brought to you by David Goyer… Zachary Snyder… and Christopher. James. Nolan!

    • Torrence Welsh

      This victory brought to you by Walmart, Carl’s Junior, 7-11, Sears, IHOP, etc. It was a 100 million dollar marketing campaign that also pimped out Superman more than a 2 bit hooker to the tune of 170 Million Dollars in advertising tie-ins. Critics AND audiences hate the film and WB has shot itself in the foot by rushing out a mediocre product in the interest or retaining the rights. Once word of mouths spreads that Snyder, Nolan et. all shat the bed in truly epic fashion the gross will plummet, torpedoing the Justice League. Sorry to be a realist but can we cut the false internet hype and bull sh-t for just a moment, honestly.

      • DannyD

        Haha nice way to put it, accurate and i couldn’t agree more.

      • QuinntheFin

        True but DC and WB are probly gunna move forward anyway and end up pimping out the rest of them too.

      • JohnnyRotten11

        I actually liked the film so careful with the generalisations.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Warner brothers don’t have to rush anything. They own DC …

      • Torrence Welsh

        Superman’s right specifically have been an issue of contention. WB won a lawsuit for Superman’s March of this year. One of their motivations to get Man of Steel underway was to cement their legal claim to it. We are on the internet. You can Google this. One of the the many reasons it appears this film was made for mercenary reasons and not artistic ones.

      • yo

        Wait this is the internet? Holy shit, I thought it would be a lot better then this…

      • filmquack

        In fact critics are divided on the film with 58% liking the film and Audience reactions have been overwhelmingly possitive. Nice try. You hated the film, and since critical acclaim was not unanimous you take the staggering leap to critics hate the film. In fact most of the negative critical reviews even admit to the film being superbly crafted and the action being out of this world. They just found it too depressing for a superhero movie. Which I personally think is Bullsh** just as you PERSONALLY disliked it, which is in fact technically a minority opinion based on critics. Of course that is irrelevant as well, because who cares what others think about a movie if you personally do or do not like it? Oh I guess you do.

        Similarly who cares if they spent 100 million on advertising if they make close 1 billion dollars in world wide grosses? They made a bunch of money. In what dream world does that torpedo the Justice League?

        So in conclusion you have nothing to apologize for, because you in fact are not a realist.

      • Get a load of this guy

        He mad.

      • Homer Lannister

        The sheer fact that mib 3 got a 65 and man of steel got 58 on RT has completely dissuaded me from paying too much attention to them.

      • Lex Walker

        Maybe that happened because critics recognized MIB 3 as having more of a coherent story that wasn’t completely overrun by special effects that wore on for the film’s entire third act? It’s easy to assume there’s no reason and that there’s a mistake, but it’s also dishonest considering you can read the reviews of MIB 3 and Man of Steel and realize the overall sentiment towards both are based on actual reasons.

      • Larry

        Sorry audiences’ reactions haven’t been overwhelming positive and the metacritic score is 55. To claim that disliking the film is a minority opinion is laughable when, even as you claim, the response is divided. And critics who panned the film did not unanimously claim that it’s a technical marvel, many have cited basic errors in filmmaking and also critiqued the film on every level. To say that they only said they found it too depressing is an outright lie. Take your fanboy blinders off for a second.

    • DEATH TO NOLAN!!!!!!!!!

      See what yee hath wrought Nolanites? An awful, turgid Transformers rehash because you all praised The Dark Knight Risible when you should have risen up in force to disparage it. A POX ON THEE!!!!!!

      • DEATH TO NOLAN!!!!!!!!!

        Also, does anybody here know of a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Christopher Nolan

        Blimey Squire! What good fortune, what. After my experience on The Man of Steel, where I bent over, grabbed my ankles and let Walmart, Ihop, Sears, Carl Jrs and anyone with a penny go to town on my rectum in exchange for that sweet advertising money, I realized that I’ve always been a whore at heart. So, I’ve decided to create my own franchise of Christopher James! Nolan impersonators (I can only pimp myself out so much) to go from door to door providing whatever deviant sex acts a guv man desire in exchange for any amount of money, If you are interested go to Nolabewhoring.org.

      • chris

        uh dude this is a capitalist country we live in quit complaining. I thought it was pretty cool to see the Ihop instead of Memaw and Jethro’s pancake house. Go sit on a nail

      • A- Cinemascore, folks

        Transformers rehash? Go back to watching silent movies, old man! Today’s movies are too exciting for you!

      • Thy Doom

        Old fool. Go back to spilling soup on your beard while you mumble incoherently about the way things used to be. Let the cataracts cloud over your eyes, as age has clouded your mind. And then… and only then… the final sleep, while Nolan’s triumphant legacy lives on forever.

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  • SupermanisDead!

    Just watch as the masses flock.. Snyder and everyone involved absolutely destroyed what it is to be superman, and tainted the image of him.
    it’s like they had no understanding of him Superman would never kill he’s the boy scout but the robot mind of consumers only want to see action and have no understanding of how they have ruined superman and forever changed him. The choice to kill Zod aswell was “confusing” “incomprehendable” i just can’t figure out why Sups would kill him, he is like Luthor to Superman he is of great importance are they going to kill Luthor next?
    but i’m just a nobody writer who has no real say it’s just another opinion that doesn’t matter in the mind of the consumer.
    It was an okay movie that is for sure but it wasn’t a Superman movie by any means.
    I will say acting wise great, action wise great, visually great but it wasn’t a superman movie.
    Rant over.

    • sense11

      BooHoo This is the smallest violin in the world playing just for you

      And what are you talking about, Ive seen him kill people in the comics

      • SupermanisDead!

        I’ve always been partial to violins, but i’m more so fond towards piano, especially Chopin.

    • Danny

      “i just can’t figure out why Sups would kill him”

      Did you close your eyes during that part of the movie? If Superman didn’t kill Zod then Zod would’ve killed that family. So, if you actually think about it, NOT killing Zod would result in Superman indirectly killing that family.

      Quit bitching,

      • Lex Walker

        So killing Zod in that moment was the ONLY way to stop him from killing that family? Supes couldn’t have flown him and Zod up and out of the train station? It only HAD to end that way because Goyer thought it would be cool. What would have been true to Superman is defying Zod’s insistence that it could only end with one of them dead and instead finding an alternate solution. There were so many other ways that could have gone.

      • Jones

        And in the movie, we never really get to know, that Superman has the “no kill” rule. I know he has it, but they don’t make it very clear. You are right, they could have stopped Zod in a 1000 different ways, and it’s a shame it had to end like this.

      • Lex Walker

        On the plus side, it’ll make for some great philosophical discussions between Batman and Supes in whatever team-up movie we finally get.

      • Danny

        Well, yes it mainly happened because that was in the script, but if you actually rewatch that scene, Superman does make a big effort to stop Zod nonviolently. It’s not like he snapped his neck and smiled after. There are many instances where he could’ve destroyed people who picked on him but he didn’t.

        I don’t really think it was added to be cool but to show what being a superhero is about. Isn’t that what superheros are? The people who make the hard choices and deal with the consequences so we don’t have to?

      • Lex Walker

        Right, except that wasn’t a hard choice he HAD to make. My point is there were other choices, and considering he didn’t use one of the most obvious powers within his arsenal (flight), it’s pretty clear the writers bought into their own Zod speech that it could only end 1 of 2 ways. How is just holding Zod by the neck a big effort? That’s the minimum expected effort of Superman in that scenario.

        And similarly, a Superman movie doesn’t get credit for NOT having Superman just waste a few folks because he can – again that’s the bare minimum of the expectation. Supes knows that as a God-like individual he needs to show mercy when dealing with fallible, fragile mortals. And it’s clear that even in this film he knows that thanks to both Pa Kent and Jor’El. It’s a pretty consistent Superman theme.

    • jash

      Superman has killed Zod in the comics, and in case u don’t remember he killed Zod in Superman II as well. In fact in that movie he kills all 3 of them and doesn’t even bat an eyelid. At least in this u know he is devastated by what he had to do. If u don’t think this is a superman movie u have no idea who superman is. The writers stayed faithful to the comics for the most part.

      • Dan

        Snyder and everyone said that they didn’t use any material from the comics…

  • D

    So I suppose that’s a green light for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the rest of the Justice League.

  • SupermanisDead!

    Whew . . . Ya know kidz, when i’m in the middle of my 4th or 5th rant that no one will ever read, i like to refresh myself by drinking a nice, tall glass of steaming hot piss. Speaking of which, does anybody here know of a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

    • SupermanisDead!

      They say mockery is the highest form of flattery; thanks.
      Nice name

    • SupermanisDead!

      By the way asparaggus piss,,, not so tasty.

      • DannyD

        asparagus*

    • Christopher Nolan

      Blimey Squire! What good fortune, what. After my experience on The Man of Steel, where I bent over, grabbed my ankles and let Walmart, Ihop, Sears, Carl Jrs and anyone with a penny go to town on my rectum in exchange for that sweet advertising money, I realized that I’ve always been a whore at heart. So, I’ve decided to create my own franchise of Christopher James! Nolan impersonators (I can only pimp myself out so much) to go from door to door providing whatever deviant sex acts a guv man desire in exchange for any amount of money, If you are interested go to Nolabewhoring.org.

  • Aditya

    Great Film

  • RiddleThemThis

    Zack Snyder films usually don’t get the best reviews, but I really enjoyed Dawn of the Dead & Watchmen… and 300 to lesser extent. I haven’t seeb MOS yet, but i’m still going to give it a try

    • Lex Walker

      It’s kind of funny that the three films you listed are the only ones of Snyder that have ever gotten positive aggregate scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Seems you tend to agree with critics when it comes to Snyder’s output.

      • RiddleThemThis

        That’s true, but I haven’t seen Legend of the Guardians, making the only movie hes made that I didn’t like being Sucker Punch. My main point though was that I prefer a movie like watchmen, which only got 60%, over most other comic book films which get higher scores, i.e. X-Men: First Class, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 2 & 3, Captain America, Thor.

      • Lex Walker

        Gotta say, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about Watchmen. It’s still a very conflicting film for me. Most movies are very easy to decide: like or dislike, but Watchmen has so many things going for and against it that I have to see it both as Snyder’s best and worst wrapped up in one.

        Oh, and Guardians is absolute eye candy, but everything else falls flat. But it’s really impressive eye candy.

  • mcgreggers99

    I simply don’t get the hate this movie has received from some people. I’m a life long Superman fan. This movie exceeded every expectation that I had by miles. My jaw was hanging open during the fights, I felt genuine emotion for these characters in this movie where I never have while watching the other depictions. The ending wrecked me emotionally, in a good way. People tend to forget that near the same occurs in Donner’s Superman 2. I thought is was very brave story telling in it’s presentation and the acting was top notch from everyone., Nobody phoned in their performance here.

    Every complaint I’ve seen for this movie has been due to the fact that people’s expectations and perceptions of what Superman is tend to differ. I personally never felt the same passion for the Chris Reeve/Rich Donner version that everyone seems to enjoy. I’m a child of the 80′s I remember how big those movies were at the time, but I still prefer this depiction.

    • The Truth

      Nice try to deflect criticism but most of the many, many failings that this film has been cited with having involve the technical merits of the movie itself. This included bad pacing, bad dialogue, bad plot and bad acting. To claim that critics’ only problem with the film is that it’s too depressing is disengenuous. Pillowbiter!

      • Holoshot

        While I agree that some of the dialogue was stilted, I can’t agree with you about the bad acting . I thought all of the main characters gave a nice, nuanced performance. I’m curious as to which actor’s performance you found to be “bad”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    just came back after watching the movie
    My personal opinion Man of Steel>> Star Trek 2 >> Iron Man 3

    • Jones

      Into Darkness >> Iron Man 3 >> “Man” of Steel..
      God was it awfull.. And Matt’s review is so right on this one: A superman movie without superman in it. Couldn’t have put it better myself..

      • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

        Iron Man 3 make me feel deja-vu…same old stuff like Iron Man and Iron Man 2…awesome action,smart ass humor..the novelty is wearing off..
        And I was soo disappointed with Star Trek 2…they made Khan look like a lame guy..

        PS:do not expect every superhero movie to be Avengers..everybody’s view point is different!

  • Trav631

    I saw Man of steel. Very good. But I have some reservations. They should have told the origin story from Clark being a boy to a man, not by flashbacks. That would have made it better. A few Major WTF moments.

    WTF: Clark just ends up in the North pole out of nowhere with a t shirt on? Lazy filmmaking that was a Major WTF moment! And lois is there at the same time? They find the fortress at the same time? And lois is attacked and Clark does surgery on her with his heat vision? When did he learn to do surgery? WTF? The ship flies off? Where did it land? At another part of the Pole? Ok? And Clark becomes Superman in the first 30 minutes of the movie? They should have worked up to the moment that he would become Superman and don the suit, so it could be fulfilling. They rushed the origin, which i feel they should not have done. They should have told the story from boy to man. And kevin costner should have been in the movie more. It should have been a naturally origin story. But at least the Flashbacks told you things that meant something, so it wasn’t too bad. And Superman tells Lois to move back when he is about to take off, but he doesn’y yell anybody else that when he shoots to the sky with all the force. Stay consistent with your rules Goyer.

    What’s up with Goyer and his rushed origin stories, batman begins, i feel bruce should have trained more in the martial arts, but he didn’t. One scene of him blocking a stick. Then he becomes Batman in the first 40 minutes of the movie.
    Same thing with man of Steel, first 30 minutes of the move. it was odd. But anyway the movie was very good, the music was awesome I like the shots and the visuals and Kryton and it tech was outstanding. i would go back just for the music and the beginning sequence with Jor-el evading Zod and his army! Epic!

  • Trav631

    If you haven’t seen the movie, Sorry for the spoilers!

  • Kris

    Wow. Was just dissapointing.

    • Trav631

      Kris, do you agree with my last post about the movie? let me know.

      • Kris

        Yes and no. I didn’t mind the story being told through flashback, but yeah i would have liked to see him growing into Superman.
        But reading your comment i kinda begin to see how it was rushed, but the main reason i was disappointed was it just wasn’t the Superman movie i was expecting to see, but i did love Shannon as Zod and Crowe as Zor-el

  • bill

    Well, i saw MAN OF STEEL in 3D already and it was FANTASTIC, Henry Cavill was Good, Multi-Oscar-Nominated-Amy Adams was Good and Beautiful, Antje Traue was Good and Beautiful too, All The Actors were Real Good, i think Z.SNYDER as The Director and Multi-Oscar-Nominated-C.NOLAN as The Writer and Producer did a WONDERFUL JOB with MAN OF STEEL, i LOVED everything about it and THE SPECIAL EFFECTS should get an (A+ or 5 Stars), The New Darker Suit Looks Nice….And i will go to see MAN OF STEEL Again probably Next Weekend, Yes it was PHENOMENAL!

  • peter

    I Saw Man Of Steel And Was Much Better Than Iron Man 3

  • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

    How you feel haters?!! Mad,Sad,Confused,Ashamed Or Jelouse! Your still out of touch with the fact your the only one that was going in to see a drama LMMFAO go watch Titanic! I saw this as my first 3D film and I couldn’t have made a better choice!
    This will get DC off the ground and open up the universe! The fights were the best part overall but the movie didn’t lack any dramatic moments either! Henry Cavill was a good choice to play this new Man Of Steel and the end fight between him and Zod
    A Masterpiece! 10/10

    • Hardly a Masterpiece

      Man of Steel doesn’t have an actual plot so much as it has a premise and then just throws scenes at the screen cobbled together with special effects. The characters, if we can even call them that, have no depth, and when characters don’t have depth everything that happens to them is meaningless. The characters of Man of Steel evoke as much of a reaction from me as the faceless people in an airplane safety pamphlet. The most that can be said of Man of Steel is that it’s cast did well with the crappy script they had to work with and it finally gives us Superman punching another superpowered person in a way that doesn’t look 1970s cheesy. If you think this is a masterpiece then your standards for such are depressingly low.

    • toksin

      You mean, just because its making a lot of money it must be a great movie? Like does that make Justin Bieber a great musician because he sold a shit load of his crap? You getting it, brah? No one wants to ‘hate’ a movie on purpose. Every person is paying and sitting in the Theater hoping for it to be good. The masses are happy with mediocre movies these days. So your in that club. Good for you. Enjoy it.

      • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

        The BOTH OF YOU ARE DAMN IDIOTS! YOU TWO GO FIND A ROOM WITH CANDLE LIGHT AND HAVE A LONG CONVERSATION ON PLOTS LMMFAO!
        HOW DUMB OF AN ASS MUST YOU BE TO WATCH A SIMPLE MOVIE PLOT AND STILL NOT GET IT! I KNOW YOUR HURT STILL WANTED THIS TO TANK AND IT DIDN’T LOL STFU I WANTED TO SEE THIS SINCE WB’s FIRST ANNOUNCED THE REBOOT IT SELF!
        I HAD ONLY ONE REASON TO SEE IT THE ACTION BUT THE ACTING WAS SOLID ENOUGH TO GET THE BALL ROLLING!
        THIS THE FIRST OF MANY DC FILMS AND THE FACT IS THE ANIMATED MOVIES LAYED GROUND FOR MORE ACTION THAT’S
        WHY THE STORY MY HAVE BEEN STRAIGHT FORWARD TO YOU!
        LOOKS LIKE I’M IN MY OWN CLUB AND YOU CAN’T GET IN! BUT HATERS CAN’T GET IN ANYWAY SO DON’T GET MAD.

  • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

    So I guess some people like long and boring ass movies! Your hate for this film
    is childish and even a child has better vision for what they want in ACTION/SIFI
    MOVIE! When I see a pussyfoot comment like “HE BROKE HIS NECK TO SAVE THOSE PEOPLE AND THERE KIDS,THEY WILL TRAUMATIZED” I say in response
    “YOU SIR DON’T HAVE THE BALLS TO BE A HERO AND I WOULD SMFH KNOWING MY LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS!” So you also think he should “USE HIS POWER OF FLIGHT!” LMAO THE ROOF WOULD COLLAPSE ON THE FAMILY! I’m willing bet the ones saying they hated this didn’t see it or don’t get the fact
    that Zod wasn’t going to rest until all humans were dead! SO IN CONCLUSION
    HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE HIS WORD AND NOT ALL VILLAINS
    CAN BE LOCKED UP!

  • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

    TOKSIN AND ANY OTHER FUCK BOY THAT WANTS
    TO GET AT ME,JUST KNOW I KEEP IT REEL AT ALL TIMES!
    SO WHEN I SEE YOU ON HERE WITH A DIFFERENT NAME EVERY
    WEEK YOU ONLY MAKE ME SMDH! YOU WILL BE ADDRESSED
    YOU KEYBOARD BULLY BITCH YOU!

    • Hardly a Masterpiece

      I’m not going to use a different name, this one is fine and still accurate regarding Man of Steel. I stated my issues with the film and all you did was rant and rave about how you can’t pay attention to movies unless they sacrifice character development for action and explosions in an overly simplistic plot that doesn’t go anywhere. Also, were you not paying attention: they entered that building through the ceiling – it was a huge skylight ceiling and it didn’t all collapse when they fell through it, so why would it do so if Superman flew Zod back out through it to prevent him from killing that family? And how could someone not get that Zod wasn’t going to rest until he killed all of humanity, they freaking had him say it multiple times and attempt it? If a man swears he’s going to kill someone, is the only way to stop him death? Even if the man in question is superpowered, that still doesn’t mean that killing him is the only solution, how unimaginative are you? It’s a good thing you’re not writing movies or acting as a hero, because it’s pretty clear once you arrived at one idea on how to solve a problem any other solutions are immediately dismissed as either boring or not worth exploring.

    • Hardly a Masterpiece

      I’m not going to use a different name, this one is fine and still accurate regarding Man of Steel. I stated my issues with the film and all you did was rant and rave about how you can’t pay attention to movies unless they sacrifice character development for action and explosions in an overly simplistic plot that doesn’t go anywhere. Also, were you not paying attention: they entered that building through the ceiling – it was a huge skylight ceiling and it didn’t all collapse when they fell through it, so why would it do so if Superman flew Zod back out through it to prevent him from killing that family? And how could someone not get that Zod wasn’t going to rest until he killed all of humanity, they freaking had him say it multiple times and attempt it? If a man swears he’s going to kill someone, is the only way to stop him death? Even if the man in question is superpowered, that still doesn’t mean that killing him is the only solution, how unimaginative are you? It’s a good thing you’re not writing movies or acting as a hero, because it’s pretty clear once you arrived at one idea on how to solve a problem any other solutions are immediately dismissed as either boring or not worth exploring.

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