As expected, Zack Snyder’s awesome Man of Steel soared to the top of the box office this weekend. However, the big story is just how well the film performed. In the US the film took a massive $113.1 million over Friday to Sunday, making it the biggest June opening weekend of all time. However, with early sales on Thursday of $12 million added to that total, Man of Steel has opened with a huge $125.1 million, making it the second biggest opening of 2013 so far. The reigning champ for biggest opening weekend of the year so far is Iron Man 3, which opened in the US with $174.1 million in May.
Man of Steel has knocked former biggest June opener, Toy Story 3, off the top spot. Back in 2010, Toy Story 3 opened with a strong $110.3 million, but Man of Steel has come along and crushed that record holder.
Naturally, comparisons are going to be made with Bryan Singer’s attempt to reboot the Superman franchise back in 2006. Man of Steel has totally demolished Superman Returns, which opened with $52.5 million on a budget of $270 million. Superman Returns struggled to make its money back, and only took $200 million in the US, but Man of Steel (which cost $225 million) is expected to pass Superman Returns total US box office taking in just one week!
Man of Steel also scored big outside of the US, with the UK leading the charge with a whopping $17.1 million, followed by Mexico on $9.8 million, and Korea on $8.8 million. The film has so far achieved $71.6 million outside of the US.
It is also worth noting that this is yet another big win for director Zack Snyder, who’s 300 opened with a massive $70.1 million in the US and went on the achieve over $200 million in the US, and $456 million worldwide.
Also opening in the US weekend, and while on a smaller scale, it is still a massive success story, is the end of the world apocalyptic comedy, This Is The End. Made on a budget of $32 million, Sony’s R-rated comedy (which has been getting superb reviews) achieved a healthy box office gross of $20.5 million Friday-Sunday, but also made $12.3 million Wednesday-Thursday. The early opening of the film has meant that in total, This Is The End has grossed $32.8 million in the US so far, already making its money back.
Here is how the US top ten stands after the weekend.
1. Man Of Steel (Warner Bros.) – $113,080,000
2. This Is The End (Sony) – $20,500,000
3. Now You See Me (Lionsgate) – $10,320,000 ($80,009,000)
4. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) – $9,433,000 ($219,574,000)
5. The Purge (Universal) – $8,201,000 ($51,845,000)
6. The Internship (Fox) – $7,000,000 ($30,951,000)
7. Epic (Fox) – $6,000,000 ($95,429,000)
8. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) – $5,660,000 ($210,491,000)
9. After Earth (Sony) – $3,750,000 ($54,200,000)
10. Iron Man 3 (Disney) – $2,908,000 ($399,610,000)