Weekend Box Office: MAN OF STEEL Soars to New June Record with $113 Million

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After months of speculation, we have an answer: on its first weekend in theatres Man of Steel earned an estimated $113 million from 4,207 locations. That does not include the $12 million from its Thursday evening previews, but the number was still big enough to give Superman the new record for June.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Man of Steel $113,080,000 $125
2.  This Is The End $20,500,000 $32.8
3.  Now You See Me $10,320,000 $80
4.  Fast & Furious 6 $9,400,000 $219.5
5.  The Purge $8,200,000 $51.8
6.  The Internship $7,000,000 $30.9
7.  Epic $6,000,000 $95.4
8.  Star Trek Into Darkness $5,660,000 $210.4
9.  After Earth $3,750,000 $54.2
10.  Iron Man 3 $2,908,000 $399.6

Man of Steel poster SupermanThe previous weekend record for June was set in 2010 by Toy Story 3 with $110.3 million, ahead of the $108.9 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Tf2’s number did not include its first three days, however, which add up to $127.8 million. Much more relevant to Warner Bros. is the fact that Man of Steel more than doubled the opening of Superman Returns. In June of 2006, the studio’s last stab at Superman debuted with $52.5 million on its way to a $200 million US total and $391 million worldwide.

The legacy of Superman Returns played a big role in the genesis of Man of Steel. The lukewarm reaction to Bryan Singer’s feature meant that Warner Bros. would have to start from scratch to give the DC universe another shot at challenging Marvel’s slate of successful superhero properties. By now you probably know the origin story of the new Superman film – Nolan, Goyer, Snyder and Cavill – but what remained unknown was how MoS would be received by audiences. From the start, expectations ranged widely. WB set a low bar with its $85 million projection; while fans confidently predicted a weekend in the $135 million range. In the end, Man of Steel landed in the middle – right where tracking had it last week.

For a time, it looked like Superman would fly higher. For weeks the buzz around Man of Steel hailed the film as a ‘home run’: both creatively and financially. And then the reviews started to come in. Watching the Rotten Tomato score for Man of Steel sink steadily had to be disheartening for DC fans. Today, the film rates 56% on the site – compared to the 85% of Superman Returns. Audiences were more enthusiastic, giving the film an overall A- CinemaScore, but the real test for MoS will come next weekend when it goes up against World War Z and Monsters University. Will word of mouth help or hurt? In one respect it doesn’t matter because the sequel has already been ordered. And then there’s the prospect of international receipts to consider.

this-is-the-end-posterMan of Steel opened in 24 international markets this week – and took first place in most. So far, the film has earned over $71 million overseas, with an additional 26 markets set to open next week. The studio has said that they expect Man of Steel to double the $191 international take of Superman Returns and, with the increased importance of international markets since 2006 (and the addition of 3D with MoS) that seems feasible.

A casual scan of this column would suggest that Man of Steel was the only movie playing this weekend, but This Is The End would beg to differ. The apocalyptic comedy from Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel opened on Wednesday with $7.8 million from 3,055 locations and went on to an estimated $20.5 million this weekend. The R-rated comedy received a warm response from critics (85% on Rotten Tomatoes) and has grossed almost $33 million in five days. That’s just over the reported budget for This Is The End, so WB is not the only happy studio this morning.

Overall, box office receipts were up more than 60% from 2012, when the dismal openings of Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy gave Madagascar 3 its second week on top. Next weekend Man of Steel will face both World War Z and the Pixar sequel Monsters University. Pixar has the clear advantage here – the studio hasn’t opened a movie under $60 million since 2007. and family audiences have been starved of content this summer The real mystery is how well Man of Steel will hold in its second frame.

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  • Jones

    And now that people has seen it – pls agree that the movie ain’t what record-worthy :)

    • bydavidrosen

      I get it if old school Superman fans aren’t happy with various elements of the film, but for a non-stop summer blockbuster action movie, it kind of doesn’t get any better than Man Of Steel.

      • Righteous In VIctory

        Well well well well. I guess I’m owed a tremendous apology from everyone on these boards. You all wouldn’t listen to my reason-based assertions that this would be an awful, awful film based on the track records of all involved. I said that The Dark Knight Rises was an incredibly lazy, sloppy endeavour that demonstrated Christopher Nolan had gave up on producing quality films (not that they were very high-quality to begin with) because he realized, as Michael Bay has, that if you throw enough bombast and explosions at an audience they’ll lap it up provided there’s enough hype accompanying the release. In many ways Inception ruined him as that was a very mediocre script that called for enough FX that people forgave it’s many failings. Alas, I tried to reason with you all, tried to mitigate the disillusionment you all would feel once the fancy IHOP, Walmart etc. ad campaign with it’s many shiny things ended and you viewed the film itself sans the greatest hype campaign in film history but you refused to listen. So, you’re welcome.

        Cue the asparagus peeing comment some child copy and pastes under ever comment I make which has never been me and you all know that it hasn’t. Sigh, I guess it’s the last result of a child with no logical way to defend an indefensible position. Sigh.

      • Righteous In VIctory

        . . . Sigh . . . i love it when a man let’s out a loud sigh when he’s relieving himself in my mouth. I mean, the feeling is so sublime, its damn near spiritual. I also like to post underneath the highest rated comments because i don’t like the way you all vote me down and bury me at the bottom of every message board, almost like i’m some piss you are all flushing away. And speaking of piss, I KNOW how you all can apologize to me for being right all along about this movie making less than Superman Returns: Introduce me to 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.

      • Righteous in Victory

        See the asparagus guy is out in full force. So sad. So sad that he hasn’t the integrity to admit this film wasn’t the second coming of Christ like everyone pretended to be. Such a sad specimen. Sigh.

      • iLoveYou

        You are a true savior. oh my god you are so awesome. just, really… I can’t get over how amazing you are. you are so smart. so genius. so perfect. I love you. oh my god I love you so much and I want to follow you in all that I do.

      • Righteous in Victory

        FINALLY, somebody gets it.

      • Murdoch

        Awwww . . . is the piss drinking troll talking to himself again?

      • Lulz R Fun

        Murdoch, are you okay? Can you handle your messiah being a false prophet? Why are you so gotten to? And for your edification to ‘get to’ someone means you’ve mad them angy. Are you angy Murdoch? Judging from you comment, you plenty angy. So, to use an internet parlance, are ‘you mad bro?’

      • Lulz R Fun

        Murdoch, are you okay? Can you handle your messiah being a false prophet? Why are you so gotten to? And for your edification to ‘get to’ someone means you’ve mad them angy. Are you angy Murdoch? Judging from you comment, you plenty angy. So, to use an internet parlance, are ‘you mad bro?’

      • spongefist

        You are amazing… no doubt.

        Nolan is a total hack and TDKR was so bad it actually caused emotional distress. I have been saying this for a long time as well (my personal top dislike was inception though, which was just a total farce, enjoyed only by the intellectually retarded).

        However…. and this is a big however. I like Snyder. Watchman rocked, 300 rocked. Yes sucker bunch was terrible, but that’s OK, we will let that one roll, due to the other two.

        and I’m sorry to say that MOS will make far more than SR.

        But, hey, I support you, simply because of TDKR and inception.

        Nice…

      • Righteous in Victory

        Well, I’ve seen the movie now. The script was terrible as I suspected, the action was pretty unimaginative, and it was far to grim and exploitative in the end finale but I got to say…. (Spoilers) the destruction of Krypton was awesome. Snyder might make something of himself one day. It was the only moment where everything was firing on all cylinders, beautifully rendered and actually managed to be emotionally stirring. Credit where it’s due. Also, Michael Shannon’s stellar turn as Zod helped quite a bit but I found Crowe and Costner to be terrible. The opening is so good it makes the rest of the movie worse because it falls apart immediately and peters out into a orgy of product placement and CGI. I have to admit the Krypton sequence (well also flawed) made finally understand what people see in Snyder when they say he could be good one day. Most of the blame rests on Goyer and Nolan because when the movie works at all it’s in spite of the story, dialogue and script.

    • mark

      It’s always hard trying to figure out whos opinion you should take to heart when considering seeing a movie. That said, it’s awesome when people say they don’t like this movie because then it makes it very easy to decipher that you should never listen to these peoples opinions in the future.

      • Jones

        I am not trying to troll – but went in to the midnight screening, saw the film, and when it ended half of the people in the cinema didn’t like the movie. If you don’t want to “listen to these people’s opinions” fine by me, but why then even answer me, derp..
        This movie with 60 minute “3d” climax-action, Clark Kents Cgi-Cape having more emotion than his character (not his acting, but character), and a Superman who goes around doing NOTHING superman-like.. Really not a good movie.
        That being sad. There was so many good things about the movie too. But when we dont have a main character – the movies name shouldnt be called “Man” of Steel. Just “Steel”..

      • Lex Walker

        There’s already a movie called Steel that fits that description. It stars Shaq. It’s hilariously awful.

      • Jones

        Hahaha lol.

      • RiddleThemThis

        Do people in the theatre get together afterwards and discuss the movie where you live? Or is there some sort of tally system? Where I live, after the movie is over, everyone leaves and goes their separate ways. Sure, you can stay and chat a bit with your friends but you never get to hear opinions from other audience members.

      • The Hobbit

        Well The Audience applauded the Movie after it Got over by Clapping in the theater where i Was Watching..So i Guess This is One of the Ways to Get the Audience Reaction…

      • Jones

        In Denmark nobody EVER applaud.. That’s one of the bad things in the cinemas here. I try it almost every movie, so does my friends, but nobody wants to. Only time they did, was when “Hulk Smash”ed something in the Avengers.
        And each time i am in London, they applaud.. :( But in Denmark, people are more talkative, and we just meet up after the movie and talk about it. It’s really fun.

      • Jones

        We actually do. we ask each other if we liked it or not. Me and my friend asked a lot of people about their opinions, cause we stayed there for half an hour after the movie was over, as did many others. But thats only for people who are open to talking with people they don’t know, some people drive back to their homes fast, scared of Superman fans … Like you maybe?

      • Liderc

        You are your friend sound scary. And your “half the theater” bullshit is just that.

      • Jones

        Believe what you will -_- But thats the truth.. nvm..

      • jimmyz

        Yeah that’s kinda creepy bro, where do you live smallville..

      • chris

        Really did u take a tally cuz every movie ive ever been to when a movie is over everyone gets up and leaves must be something in the water where ur from. Quit being a hater dude best summer blockbuster of the year. If no one knows who Henry ca ill is they will now

  • Nomis1700

    Super indeed!

  • Lance

    KABOOM. The real question, however, is how will the movie do in its second week of release? That’s really a better indicator of how much people generally liked the movie.

    • Lex Walker

      Unfortunately for Man of Steel it has some pretty stiff competition in Monsters University and World War Z. Warners chose a bad slot for Man of Steel. Not having a solid two weeks without strong competition to dethrone it and thus rake in money is really going to hurt it.

      • Lance

        Can’t argue with you there. MoS will be losing both the family audience and the a good chunk of the genre audience that’s into zombies. Ouch.

      • Lex Walker

        Makes me wonder if Disney’s choice to move Monsters U from its original release this past Friday to next Friday instead, and thus cutting into Man of Steel’s family share in its second weekend, was a devious attempt at keeping Marvel (which they own) at the top of the comic book movie making biz for as long as they can.

      • filmquack

        I have a feeling World War Z won’t be doing very well next weekend. Its been marketed poorly, the audience of the book has been all but strait up told if you liked the book you wont like this, and for everyone else, the advertising campaign has been relatively sparse for a summer blockbuster and more importantly muddled. It actually seems to be doing fairly well with the critics so far, but the advertising campaign did not reflect that. I think superman will do OK next weekend, though I agree Monsters U will probably hurt.

      • Lex Walker

        I actually want to believe World War Z will flop, because yeah, they totally slaughtered the book and turned it into something very different. Unfortunately, I’m afraid it’s going to attract the Resident Evil/Transformers crowd and the people who liked Man of Steel just not enough to see it twice. But yeah, Man of Steel could retain some, just not its Monsters U share.

      • Jones

        And the folks who are looking for a good laugh to This is the End – not because there are much humor in Man of steel though :)
        *wanted to reply to Lance. w/e :)

      • Lex Walker

        That came out last Wednesday though, so it had its chance for a running head start, and by all accounts I’ve heard it’s surprisingly funny, but it’s not going to grow too much in its second week I don’t think. And most people are probably going to go to Monsters U next weekend for their comedy fix.

      • Jones

        Right. Really want to see it though now though, but its premiere in Denmark is at the end of September, Wtf.!
        But that other Emma Watson movie is coming next week i think, the Bling Ring? Do you think they are going to get any money at all in the midst of all this?

      • Lex Walker

        I think they’re gonna get slaughtered. Don’t get me wrong, they’re catering to the primarily female crowd who want something without explosions, and there’s merit to that, but even then most of that crowd would likely opt to see Monsters U instead. Bling Ring’s not going to have a nice time at the box office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorena.sanzvallas Lorena Sanz Vallas

    It’s official: After Earth is the new John Carter. I hope someone is fired for this.

    • Nicole

      Except JOHN CARTER cost 4x as much as AFTER EARTH. The movie is a loser, no matter how you slice it, but JOHN CARTER is still the only JOHN CARTER

    • Nomis1700

      Wait ’till The Lone Ranger bombs, then someone is getting fired!

      • Redjester

        The Lone Ranger won’t completely bomb. Too many middle-aged and younger Americans are interested in seeing for that to occur.

  • Murdoch

    Just happy we finally got the “Angry God” Superman we’ve been waiting years to see on the big screen.

  • davenetsoo

    I actually think the take for Sunday might be a bit higher when final numbers come in on Monday. I know they base Sunday shows on trends, but don’t forget it’s Father’s Day today might possibly make a few extra million when all is said and done. If it declines the average 50-60% next weekend it’s still going to take in about $50 million not bad for a second week

  • MikeyTheRiot

    i’ll be surprised if MOS even makes 200 million, especially with the bad word of mouth going around… and it’s production is said to be at 225 million with advertising on top of that. I really don’t see this as a strong opening. Poor compared to Iron Man3. World War Z or Monsters U will be #1 next weekend.

    • Liderc

      It already made 200million worldwide, and it made 170million from product placement. At least Man of Steel was good, Iron Man 3 sucked dick.

      • MikeyTheRiot

        200 Mill Domestic. Iron 3 Good, MOS was gay, u got it backwards ;)

      • filmquack

        It has an A- Cinema Score. Sorry to burst your bubble but its word of mouth is quite good.

      • filmquack

        It has an A- Cinema Score. Sorry to burst your bubble but its word of mouth is quite good.

      • Redjester

        When Fast and Furious 7 and Iron Man 3 get high marks from critics and viewership alike and Man of Steel get low marks from the critics, their is something seriously wrong.

      • ScaredForMovies

        Haven’t seen MOS but Iron Man 3 was terrible. I’ll give you 4 reasons why. 1. The Mandarin. 2. Extremis hatchet job. 3. Annoying kid sidekick. 4. Super Pepper Potts. I await your counter arguments.

      • Redjester

        Spoken like an individual who hasn’t truly seen the picture. Plus, aren’t we past using gay as an insult? The 20th century just called, they want their prejudicial insults back.

      • jimmyz

        Well right.

    • sense11

      what bad word of mouth, the critics seem to be the only people that didn’t like it

    • davenesoo

      It’s going to make way more than 200 Million it’s already at $125 Million…next weekend you will see about a 50-55% drop which still means about $50 Milltion…so this time next weekend/Monday I imagine it will all ready be close to the $200 Million mark…Iron Man 3 was coming off of Avengers last year of course it’s opening was bigger…Man Of Steel is coming off of a weak movie like Superman Returns…the money it has made this weekend is definitely a victory of Warner Bros. Don’t forget they are already getting $160 Million from promotional corporate tie ins with the movie, that covers the Advertisement budget alone

  • Yurine

    I’m surprised After Earth is still in the top 10 after all the shitty reviews it got.

  • Christopher

    I’ve yet to see Man of Steel, and although my anticipation for the film is immense, I’m disappointed we never saw a sequel to Superman Returns. The film had its flaws, such as pacing issues, a few plotholes, retreading previous ground, and a Lois Lane portrayed by an actress about a decade too young for the role. But Returns was wonderfully-shot, featured some truly exciting action sequences, had well-written characters, exceptional acting (for the most part, but god damn Brandon Routh was perfect as Clark Kent), and captured the spirit of Silver Age Superman perfectly. I highly enjoyed the upon seeing it on opening day back in 2006, and I’m still quite fond it.

  • chris

    Best superman movie ever and its not even close. Much better than iron man 3 and Superman returns. Best origin story of any comic book movie.

    • Redjester

      Just saw it yesterday and I completely agree. The film is outstanding.

  • Kryptonian Knight

    Money talks and this weekend it’s screaming at every critic and hater of
    Man of Steel! The sequel is green lit and it’s only going to get
    better.

    The knit picking was way over the top on this movie. If Donner’s movie
    was released today it would be shredded to pieces with all the plot
    holes it has. Like your no fast enough to stop two missiles but you can
    go faster then the speed of light to turn the earths rotation which in
    turn makes time go back wards?! Seriously, get off your high horses faux
    critics and accept, acknowledge that realize that Man of Steel is here
    to stay.

    Rise Son of Krypton! Rise!

  • croc

    i think the number of conflicting reviews suggests that this film isn’t 100% what the trailers seem to suggest (especially trailer 3 which could be one of the best trailers of any movie). so lets just accept that – some liked it, some not so much. i’ve been a Supes fan since i was a kid and I must say that I was a little disappointed because they really had some amazing ideas but just didn’t develop it well enough. i think the krypton world design was amazing, but ingenuity of action was lacking, despite having tons of it. Superman should use his power to amplify his creativity in fights, not just to punch harder. for instance, taking an oil tanker smashing it on Zod then using heat vision to set it alight (something similar to the Doomsday storyline). i’ve got so many other things to say, but i guess in the end, having a decent Superman movie is better than not having one at all…

  • http://www.alifakhruddin.weebly.com/ silvertongue13

    Its all upto the directors. We saw how comic styled Batman was changed to a superhero of a more real world in The Dark Knight and so on. The same case could be with Man of Steel. Mr. Nolan has done an outstanding hob in those movies and completely changed the icon of Batman to a more… Dark Knight… Lets C where Man of Steel comes in his realm.

  • Soldier

    Man of Steel is a cooler character than a Drunk Cocaine Head Iron Man.

  • THE REEL BRUCE LEEROY

    When it comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD It will gain ground with the
    people that stayed away because of some bad reviews and taking the
    Words of fools comparing this to a pop start. This is a summer blockbuster
    With action and strait forward story line. Don’t we know enough about his origin
    And his life as kid?! This movie did what Returns could not do and that was
    put him in a real fight,not just beating up average guys in black suits he had a challenge in Zod And his soldiers. BTW some of you can’t read! This film will make it’s money plus the highest June release of all time! That means the majority won and
    will get to see Justice Leauge movie in the next few years! So I don’t know what your
    Beef is with us who liked this film. You must be waiting for Green Lantern 2……oh that’s
    right that shit bombed on it’s first try LMAO or your mad JGL didn’t make his
    Cameo as the new Batman LOL! Sorry I tried to be cool but some fuck boys
    got at me for having a positive opinion on this and I’m not the only one that liked
    This movie. I’ll dragon kick da shit out of a keyboard bully! I’ll Uppercut A Telephone
    Tough Guy!

  • Strong Enough

    We did it bitches! Thank You base Nolan!

  • Convoy

    While I liked the movie, it had it’s issues. If action is what you want, well it delivered that. You will get to see a super hero battle. I’m currently in a flame war with someone on another site who says that this is exacty the kind of superhero film that fans of Nolan and Goyer’s Batman films wanted. The only problem is that this is below Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. While that movie had it’s share of issues, You can’t deny that it was well thought out. If that’s the kind of things fans were looking for, then you didn’t get it. While they had their flaws, they got the spirt of Batman and Gotham City. That is something that Man of Steel did not achieve.

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  • James Dean

    Man of Steel, great movie, Can recommend it 100%. A+.

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