Turns out the Man of Steel does have a (box office) weakness, and it’s monsters and zombies.
Pixar’s third sequel (technically prequel) in four years has proven that for as much as the studio loves their new IPs, they might find even greater success in familiar territory. Pixar won’t become a sequel factory, though, as they have lined up several original films for the next few years, with the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory existing as the lone follow-up of the bunch.
World War Z (read our review) is the number 2 film this weekend with a surprising $66 million. We say surprising because few analysts expected the film to succeed at the box office, let alone open in the high $60 million range.
This strong opening also makes World War Z Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend tally of his career. His previous number 1 was Mr. & Mrs. Smith with $50 million.
Obviously, with the amount of reshoots and rewrites the film has undergone, it’ll take more than a strong opening weekend for World War Z to make back its money, but $66 million is a good start. It also bodes well for the possibility of a sequel.
Man of Steel comes in at number 3 with $41 million, down a whopping 64% from its record-setting opening weekend. Although films that open huge on their first weekend tend to have a substantial drop off in their second weekend, few expected Man of Steel to drop off this much.
Divisive fan/critical reception and stiff competition are the likely causes for Man of Steel‘s steep drop off, but the real test will be determining whether the film has staying power. Either way, the film has amassed $210 million over its first two weeks, and $398 million worldwide.
In at a distant number 4 is This is the End with $13 million. Seth Rogen’s star-studded, raunchy comedy is now up to $57 million, which is good but not great for his directorial debut. Rogen has certainly seen better box office numbers (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), but he’s also seen worse (Paul, The Guilt Trip).
Rounding out the top 5 is Now You See Me with $7 million, which is only a 28% drop off from last weekend. Now at $94 million total, the film will easily cross the $100 million mark.
Fast & Furious 6 is the number 6 film with $4 million. Universal’s big budget blockbuster is now at $228 million domestic and $645 million worldwide. With Jason Statham now confirmed for Fast and Furious 7, will we see even bigger numbers from that film?
The Internship comes in at number 7 with $3.42 million, which brings its domestic total up to a paltry $38 million. The film will be lucky to make back its $58 million production budget, let alone turn a profit.
Coming in at number 8 is The Purge with $3.41 million. After opening strong with $34 million, the home invasion, alternate reality thriller has tapered off substantially. Luckily, the film will bow out of the top 10 having grossed $59 million off a $3 million budget.
Star Trek Into Darkness is the number 9 film this weekend with $3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $216 million. We’ve mentioned before that Into Darkness has no chance of catching Star Trek‘s domestic tally of $257 million, even if the sequel’s $430 million worldwide total is the highest for the series.
Iron Man 3 holds at number 10 once again with $2.1 million. Marvel’s latest blockbuster is up to $403 million domestic and $1.207 billion worldwide.
[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