“Man of Steel” is flying high since its release and sits on top of the box office with ease. It set a June record as well.
But, another angle is the huge Father’s Day for the film. Box Office Mojo notes its Sunday take of $36 million lands “Man of Steel” in sixth place as the best for that day of the week. So, the total is now higher that the estimates ($125 million for four-day total) that were released on Sunday. “Iron Man 3” made more and sits at No. 3 for Sundays with just over $43 million.
Since it opened Thursday and even had a special viewing in the states even earlier than Midnight, means there are those three-day and four-day numbers to digest. So, the three-day is $116 million and the four-day is $128 million. And the headlines could make for some confusion as is becoming the norm for the box office report.
1. “Man of Steel” – $116 million (three-day); $128 million (four-day total)
2. “This Is the End” – $20.7 million (opened Wednesday; total take, $33 million)
3. “Now You See Me” – $11 million
4. “Fast and Furious 6” – $9.5 million
5. “The Purge” – $8.3 million
Before digging into the “Man or Steel,” the slide of “The Purge” must be noted. It fell 75.6 percent in its second weekend out. It was a surprise last weekend and it could still be put in that category. Its paltry budget of $3 million means money in the bank no matter what. Meanwhile, “The Internship” fell 59 percent in the send weekend but didn’t have too far to fall since it opened poorly. “The Bling Ring” had a solid per screen average with $42,000 in only five theaters.
As for “Man of Steel,” it opened strong and stayed strong throughout the weekend. It is the biggest June opening which bodes well as it progresses and an Independence Day holiday approaching. The previous June best opening was “Toy Story 3” with $110 million. It will be hard for “Man of Steel” to keep pace with “Iron Man 3” as the battle of the summer superhero has begun. Movies like these, are, for the most part, review proof, but will that last? Critics seems to be split on this one, but it didn’t matter so far, but let it play out a few more weeks and then see. But, sometimes the problem with movies that are heavy on effects, the story, to some, gets in the way.
With “Man of Steel,” the story matters. A reboot of a franchise dictates such and this film did just that. Director Zack Synder teamed with the man behind the reboot of Batman, Christopher Nolan, to give us this Superman. Henry Cavill is serious superhero here and Amy Adams is a different type of Lois Lane. The film is not the Superman of old, but a new version. That may not sit well with some. Even overseas, it had a solid start. Now, enter the Justice League.