‘Man of Steel’ off to a high-flying start
BY SCOTT BOWLES June 16, 2013 11:24PM
Amy Adams (left) as Lois Lane and Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “Man of Steel,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. | Submitted
Weekend box office
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):
1. Man of Steel $113
2. This Is the End $20.5
3. Now You See Me $10.3
4. Fast & Furious 6 $9.4
5. The Purge $8.2
6. The Internship $7
7. Epic $6
8. Star Trek: Into Darkness $5.6
9. After Earth $3.7
10. Iron Man 3 $2.9
Updated: June 23, 2013 3:07PM
Look, up in the sky: It’s a franchise reborn.
After a failed attempt to revive the Superman series in 2006, the son of Krypton finally took off in theaters as “Man of Steel” snared $113 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.
That’s the highest opening on record for a movie opening in June, beating 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” which opened to $110.3 million.
The debut was $25 million more than analysts forecast and gave the series momentum for a sequel, which Warner Bros. announced last week, though no release date has been set. The movie, which opened Thursday, did $125.1 million in four days.
“Anything over $100 million means the franchise is back,” says Jeff Bock, vice president and chief analyst of Exhibitor Relations. “The studio gave the movie the right tone for today’s audience: something dark.”
Gannett News Service