Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Superman” Has Legs: Now “Man of Steel” at $216 Million


“Man of Steel” continues to mow down the competition at the box office. The Superman reboot made $12.6 million last night. Boxofficemojo puts it at around $216 million worldwide since Thursday. It’s pretty clear that “Man of Steel 2” is inevitable. Warner Bros. is also looking at a possible $500 million total globally. The only Kryptonite down the road might be “World War Z.” But by Friday “Man of Steel” will be safely in the black…btw if you noticed, Superman and Zod fight in front of a building owned by Lex Luthor…

…My old friend Norton Herrick is pretty happy. The film and Broadway producer and real estate magnate had multiple successes. He backed “Pippin” this season and wound up backing the Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical. His thoroughbred, Animal Kingdom, won the 2011 Kentucky Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this past March. I’m told Animal Kingdom is now retiring to Palm Beach, where he’ll just be a stud.

 Coming up, Herrick has three additional film projects on his slate including the highly anticipated “2 Guns” featuring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, “Lone Survivor” featuring Walhberg and Eric Bana, both of coming out this summer from Universal Pictures, and “Very Good Girls” starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen which will come out sometime early next year. It seems for Herrick victories come in threes…

…The life of country great George Jones may make it to the big screen. 28 Entertainment has picked up the rights to George’s life. I hope they pull it off. With “Nashville” a hit on TV, and country music always in, George’s story– with Tammy Wynette, etc– could be like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Sweet Dreams.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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