It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a record-smashing hit for Warner Bros. as Superman pummeled box office statistics as it dominated theaters this Father’s Day weekend.
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel set a new opening record for June releases by earning an estimated $113 million in its first weekend, and a grand total of $125 million since opening on Thursday evening. These totals top the $110 million earned by Toy Story 3, the previous record holder. And they go a long way to stating that the DC cinematic universe is something that fans want to see on-screen.
We know that Man of Steel 2 is on its way, perhaps by 2015. Can a Justice League of America movie, possibly with Snyder at the helm, be far behind?
Audiences also responded in kind to Seth Rogen’s ensemble apocalypse comedy This Is the End, which banked an estimated $20.5 million over the weekend. Since opening on Wednesday, Rogen and his crew – James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and others – added $32.8 million against a $32 million budget, so from here on out, it’s profit (in general) for what should amount to a lucrative move for Sony.
The other big move on the box office front was Iron Man 3 inching closer to the $400 million mark. After the weekend, Marvel’s blockbuster sits at $399.6 million. It should reach $400 million, a staggering mark, by midweek. It already has crossed the $1 billion mark on the global box office scale.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
1. Man of Steel, $113M, $125M
2. This Is the End, $20.5M, $32.8M
3. Now You See Me, $10.3M, $80M
4. Fast & Furious 6, $9.4M, $219.5M
5. The Purge, $8.2M, $51.8M
6. The Internship, $7M, $30.9M
7. Epic, $6M, $95.4M
8. Star Trek Into Darkness, $5.6M, $210.4M
9. After Earth, $3.7M, $54.2M
10. Iron Man 3, $35.1M, $337M