Just when you thought June would be a month to forget in regards to box office numbers, Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder come along with “Man of Steel.” Not only has the reboot set a new June record, it’s on pace to possibly catch up to “Iron Man 3,” which in just a little over six weeks’ time has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide. That’s good for fifth all time, which is quite the achievement when you figure its predecessor only managed half that number. Yes, $623 million is not chump change, but in Hollywood it is 71st best on the all-time list according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. That’s not terrible, but not great either when you see what its successor has done over the course of the last 45 days. Marvel and Disney, since joining forces have put out two films in consecutive years, “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” that have gone on to earn a combined $2.7 billion worldwide. That’s hard to beat, but I think Warner Bros. and DC Comics are up to the challenge, given what “Man of Steel” has earned in only six days.
It may not be on par with what “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” earned over the course of their first six days, but $214.6 million is still a record for June. That alone deserves mentioning and if DC Comics has any ideas of finally putting Batman and Superman in the same universe on the big screen, this is exactly the start they needed with this reboot from director Zack Snyder. Fact is the failed reboot from Bryan Singer only managed $106 million worldwide in its debut back in 2006 according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. That simply wasn’t good enough, which is why any anticipated sequels were shelved. So it made sense Warner Bros. wanted to be sure and wait before trying to reinvent the most popular superhero ever on the big screen. Whether or not it worked is yet to be determined, but judging by these early figures, I like the possibilities of what comes next for DC Comics and Superman. Sure, the reviews will always be mixed, but with Christopher Nolan producing, I will take those odds every time for whatever comes next in this reinvented series.
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t as good for the remaining films out in theaters, as they plummeted this past weekend. That was especially true for last week’s number one film, “The Purge,” which fell some 75% this week according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. That’s a big drop no matter what week or time of year we are in, as its $8.3 million was only fifth best this past weekend. Maybe it was the less favorable reviews or maybe people were too excited about the first Superman film to come out in nearly eight years. Either way, producers can’t be too happy with that kind of slide, even if it already was a success given its ridiculous $3 million budget. Because at this point, it will be lucky to stay in the top five with “World War Z” and “Monsters University” set to hit theaters this week. I guess it was good to be king for a week, though, as no one expected that film to own the top spot like it did. Granted, its competition was not all that great given three of the other four films had been churning and burning fairly decent box office numbers for a few weeks.
Those other films I mention were led by “This is the End,” which for a comedy didn’t do all that bad with $32.8 million earned since opening last Wednesday. Now, $20.8 million of that was from this past weekend, which officially helped it earn back its budget, so with more weeks to come, this could be the hit comedy of the month which I’m sure will please Seth Rogan. Then again, if no other comedy comes out, that title probably won’t mean that much. But, that’s clearly no concern to the producers of “Fast & Furious 6,” who have watched their now sixth installment earn $638 million worldwide according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Roughly $10 million of that came from this past weekend domestically, but let’s be clear; this film is not successful based purely off domestic numbers. Nope, this film is successful thanks to foreign markets, which have combined to earn close to $418 million. That’s impressive for a series that many feel probably shouldn’t be around still. Numbers clearly tell a different story, which I have a feeling is still being written. Same could probably be said for our third place flick “Now You See Me,” which has now crossed that coveted $100 million mark, which I’m sure was graciously welcomed given its $75 million budget.
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