Box Office: ‘Man of Steel’ Has the Best June Opening Ever

By Will Ashton

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As predicted from its Thursday night and Friday sales, Man of Steel has earned the highest June opening weekend ever, with a weekend box office of $133 million. Adding Thursday’s $12 million, the film’s total box office so far is $125 million.

The superhero movie out-grossed Toy Story 3‘s $110.3 million opening weekend, who had held the position of highest June opening weekend before. At the time, Toy Story 3‘s opening had beaten Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘s $108.9 million weekend, but given that the film had opened on a Wednesday, its total opening gross was $127.8 million.

An interesting note is that Man of Steel more than doubled the opening of the previous Superman film, Superman Returns, which debuted at $52.5 million back in June of 2006. That film went on to earn a total of $200 million domestically and $391 million worldwide.

Man of Steel‘s opening tracked around the middle of the box office predictions. It has earned more than the studio’s $85 million projection, but less than the fans’ $135 million. So far, the film has grossed $71 million overseas, having opened in 24 international markets this weekend and opening in an additional 26 next week.

Moving on the other movies, This is the End, the other big release of the week, had a solid weekend as well, earning $20 million over the weekend. Given the film’s early Wednesday release date, where it earned $7 million on its opening day, the film’s total gross is $32.8 million. Given that the reported budget of the film is $32 million, this is quite a successful weekend for both films.

Last week’s #1 film, The Purge, feel to fifth place this week, earning $8.2 million. But the film shouldn’t have too much to complain about, as the $51.8 million total domestic gross has earned its $3 million budget and then some.

In its expansion over the weekend, Before Midnight earned $1.5 million. Not great yet not terrible, at least people are seeing the acclaimed film. The Bling Ring also opened this weekend in limited release and, while only in five theaters, the film grossed an impressive $210,000.

Next week has two big openings: Monsters University and World War Z. We’ll have to see both how they fare (as I’m especially curious to see what becomes of World War Z, particularly in light of all the behind-the-scenes controversy the film has gained) and how Man of Steel does on its second weekend.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Man of Steel $113,080,000 $125
2.  This Is The End $20,500,000 $32.8
3.  Now You See Me $10,320,000 $80
4.  Fast & Furious 6 $9,400,000 $219.5
5.  The Purge $8,200,000 $51.8
6.  The Internship $7,000,000 $30.9
7.  Epic $6,000,000 $95.4
8.  Star Trek Into Darkness $5,660,000 $210.4
9.  After Earth $3,750,000 $54.2
10.  Iron Man 3 $2,908,000 $399.6
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