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‘Man of Steel’ off to a high-flying start

Amy Adams (left) as Lois Lane Henry Cavill as Superman Warner Bros. Pictures’ Legendary Pictures’ actiadventure “Man Steel” Warner Bros.

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

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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

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