Box Office: ‘Man of Steel’ Flying High With $115 Million Projected Bow

'This Is the End' solid with expected $30 million from first five days

Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” is hovering just above expectations with a Friday haul of $44.1 million and a new three-day estimate around $115 million.

More than the $80 million to $100 million WB and other studios predicted by Thursday, but less than a late Friday figure that had the pic at $125 million, this bow would rep the second $100 million-plus three-day bow of 2013 after “Iron Man 3’s” $174.6 million.

“Man of Steel,” from Legendary Pictures, Syncopy and DC Entertainment,  earned nearly half of its Friday haul by late Thursday night, with $21 million coming from late Thursday screenings, $12 million of which came from a special early screening deal through Walmart.

It’s a strong start, but even after you factor in int’l grosses — “Man of Steel” opens day-and-date in 24 markets — it’s not likely to recoup its $225 million budget its opening frame.

With a Superman tentpole around the corner, Sony cannily bowed “This Is the End” on Wednesday to get a head start on the weekend and on word of mouth. Pic took $6.9 million Friday, bringing its cume to $19.2 million.

The R-rated laffer is looking at a three-day haul of around $20 million and a five-day of about $30 million, barely shy of its $32 million budget.

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  1. Angel says:

    Fantastic movie! Finally a Superman movie done right. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan for getting rid of the campy aspects of past Superman films.

  2. Bob White says:

    $225 million dollar budget??? For what? A rehash of General Did as uber villain? How about just a fun, exciting story instead of another Superman “I’m an orphaned alien!” angst drama?

  3. JOE S HILL says:

    “MAN OF STEEL” delivered as promised-and expected! this is the Mother of all previous SUPERMAN movies ever made-and that in itself,is an awesome accomplishment! now,as we Fans await to see if
    this new reboot will inspire Warner Bros. and DC Comics to launch a major motion picture of “JUSTICE LEAGUE”, as it is hoped that this anticipated answer to Disney/Marvel’s “THE AVENGERS” will be a well made and great movie,as we see The “Super Friends” being assembled
    by Batman and Superman,and the list of DC’s finest! it’ll be great if even Zack Synder directs this
    mega-fest,,but i also think that it may still be too soon of a project,because bringing the Justice League together in a major movie,is going to take some serious and special creating,,and hopefully
    good costumes,especially ones that are easily identifiable! but for now,”MAN OF STEEL” definately
    RULES! and will likely go on to gross more serious money,then ever,,a great Popcorn movie,that
    really delivers!!

  4. Gilberto-São Paulo FC says:

    In Brasil, only 12 de July… :(((

  5. Wayne says:

    Awesome flick! Superman returns for real this time :)

  6. Bea says:

    The movie was great and not a boring moment in it! I think it lived up to the hype!

  7. Rob w says:

    Loved it! Just a fun night out at the movies with the king daddy of all superheroes. Welcome back, Superman!

  8. nalindra says:

    Epic movie loved it :) pure entertainment and avengers of this year I think in terms of action

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