We already believe a man can fly, but can he break any box office records?
As expected, Man of Steel (read our review) comes in as the clear number 1 with $113 million. The film’s three-day figure makes it the second-best opening of 2013 (behind Iron Man 3) and the highest opening for a June release ahead of Toy Story 3 ($110 million).
If you add in early Thursday showings, Man of Steel has already grossed $125 million over its first few days. The film has also grossed $71 million in 24 international markets, bringing its worldwide total up to $196 million.
So, while critics and fans are decidedly mixed on the film, Man of Steel is another huge hit for Warner Bros., who needed a new franchise to fill the void left by Harry Potter and Batman. And they’ve definitely found it, as Man of Steel will likely end up being the highest-grossing Superman film to date.
The Seth Rogen-directed (along with Evan Goldberg) comedy This is the End (read our review) comes in at number 2 with $20 million. The film actually opened this past Wednesday, so it is now up to $32 million in domestic grosses.
$20 million isn’t bad, but it’s slightly behind Rogen’s last big hit, Pineapple Express, which opened with $23 million and $41 million over 5 days. Obviously, the star-studded comedy had some big-time competition in Man of Steel, so we’ll have to wait and see whether strong word of mouth can keep this film going.
Now You See Me leapfrogged its way into the number 3 spot with $10 million and $80 million over three weeks. We thought this magical heist film might be worth keeping an eye on, and apparently domestic audiences agree.
Fast & Furious 6 is the number 4 film this weekend with $9 million. Now at $219 million domestic and $636 million worldwide, F&F 6 has finally staked its claim as the highest grossing entry in the franchise.
Rounding out the top 5 with $8 million is The Purge, which fell a whopping 75% after opening strong at number 1 last weekend. A big second weekend drop-off isn’t uncommon for an R-rated thriller even if it is the summer. We doubt Universal is too concerned, though, as The Purge has grossed $51 million off a budget of $3 million.
The Internship comes in at number 6 with $7 million, which brings its domestic total up to $30 million. Apparently, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn combination isn’t as viable as it once was.
Coming in at number 7 is Epic with $6 million, which brings its total up to $95 million. Blue Sky’s animated feature is now on the cusp of crossing $100 million domestic, and is at $212 million worldwide.
Star Trek Into Darkness is the number 8 film this weekend with $5 million. JJ Abrams’ sequel just recently crossed the $200 million mark in domestic ($212M) and international ($201M) markets. Worldwide, the film has grossed $412 million, which makes it the highest grossing film in the Star Trek franchise.
The number 9 film this weekend is After Earth with $3.7 million. Now in its third weekend of release, After Earth has secured its place in sci-fi flop history with $54 million domestic and only $102 million worldwide.
Iron Man 3 rounds out the top 10 with $2.9 million, which brings its total up to $399 million. It looks like the film has one more record in its sights before bowing out of the top 10: $400 million in domestic grosses.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, June 17th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo