Since its release last Friday, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel has soared to the top of the box office, taking £125 million ($196.7m) worldwide in just three days. Toppling Toy Story 3’s 2010 record for the biggest June opening weekend ever, the blockbuster is now the second biggest debut of the year behind fellow superhero movie, Iron Man 3.
The latest addition to the Superman franchise – starring British actor Henry Cavill in the red cape alongside Russell Crowe, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon – generated £79.5m ($125.1m) in America alone, with an extra £45.5m ($71.6m) earned internationally. “They finally got the Superman formula right,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box office tracker, Hollywood.com. “Superhero movies really are the bread and butter of the summer box office.”
Indeed, Man of Steel has exceeded all original forecasts from analysts who predicted takings between $75m and $130m. Its predecessor, Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh, had failed to achieve similar success at the box office, taking an underwhelming £33.4m ($52.5m) back in 2006.
The blockbuster’s closest competitor over the weekend was comedy This Is The End starring Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jonah Hill, grossing £13.04m ($20.5m) during opening weekend, followed by Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg’s heist flick Now You See Me which took £6.5m ($10.3m) to take third place.
The sixth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise came in fourth place with £5.98m ($9.4m), while horror film The Purge starring Ethan Hawke continued its successful run with £5.22m ($8.2m), completing the top five. Man of Steel will face stiff competition in the US next weekend in the form of Brad Pitt’s Zombie Thriller, World War Z, and Disney-Pixar’s long-awaited prequel, Monster’s University.