Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Superman “Man of Steel” $113 Mil Wknd, $197 Mil Total Worldwide

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MONDAY 12AM: The worldwide total is $197 mil all in since Thursday. Hats off to Warner Bros. They did it.

SUNDAY 12:30PM update: “Man of Steel” did $113 mil estimated Fri-Sun, plus $12mil from Thurs. Add another $25 mil foreign. There will indeed be a sequel, perhaps next time with a third act.

EARLIER The Superman reboot “Man of Steel” took in $44 million on Friday according to boxofficemojo.com. That includes $9 million from midnight showings, which means it did a solid $35 mil on Friday night. The total is now $56 million including $12 mil on Thursday night from WalMart screenings.

But the $44 mil makes it the 20th biggest Friday opening, maybe the biggest ever for Flag Day, and maybe the biggest ever for a second Friday in June following a Thursday with a lot of rain.

Warner Bros. tied “Man of Steel” to every product they could think of including razor blades and the Sears catalog. They’re going to have a $120-$140 mil weekend in the US, and much more abroad where the mind numbing aspects of Zack Snyder’s film won’t be so obvious in other languages.

Mixed to bad reviews didn’t harm the bottom line. But next weekend, “World War Z” appears, and will take a lot of the wind from Superman’s cape. The families of the creators of “Superman” must be very proud. But of course, thanks to many lawsuits, they get just about nothing out of this other than pride.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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