Box Office: ‘Man of Steel’ Opens Fresh With Nearly $50 million Friday

WB blockbuster eyes $125 million opening

UPDATE: According to early estimates, Warner Bros.’ Superman remake could gross as much as $50 million on its first day of release for a spectacular $125 million weekend– that’s much higher than the industry’s projected $90 million-$100 million debut for Legendary’s 3D blockbuster, as well as WB’s own modest estimates ($80 million-plus). Produced by Christopher Nolan, “Man of Steel” is the second-largest opening weekend of the year behind Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” ($174.6 million). Despite a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, the classic superhero represented 85% of Fandango’s ticket sales on Friday and is apparently being met with higher praise from moviegoers than critics.


Superman has officially taken flight at the U.S. box office.

According to Warner Bros., “Man of Steel” earned a resounding $21 million in latenight screenings Thursday, including $12 million from a special 7 p.m. ticket package through Walmart.

One of the most heavily marketed films in recent memory, Warner Bros.’ Superman reboot is expected to earn between $90 million and $100 million through the weekend, although the studio is being much more modest with its low $80 millions estimate.

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“Man of Steel’s” $21 million surpasses the midnight hauls of both “Iron Man 3” earlier this year ($15.6 million) and “The Avengers” in 2012 ($18.7 million) but below Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” which earned over $30 million in latenight runs last July.

Internationally, the 3D actioner bows day-and-date in 24 markets, including South Korea, Mexico and the U.K. The WB/Legendary pic bowed Wednesday in the Philippines, where it scored a record-setting opening day gross of $1.7 million (or 90% of the local market share).

Zack Snyder’s $225 million tentpole, starring Henry Cavill, opens across 4,207 locations Friday.

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  1. Joe says:

    Incredible movie! Zach Snyder replicates the “Dark Knight” feel finally allowing for a slightly dark and epic film. I find it crazy that critics rated this movie below that of Superman Returns. Goes to show critics are clueless. Great film, go see it! Proud to be a Superman fan again!

  2. Liam says:

    Loved man of steel, much respect to the late Christopher reeves 80’s version, but this 2013 and what superman should be now. Henry cavil was amazing, loved the flash backs when he’s young, if this is to be the first of a possible trilogy then this is are batman begins,can only get better. Can’t wait for the next.

  3. Roper says:

    Actually ” Man of Steel ” made $12 million from earlier Walmart Screenings, and $9 million from midnight screenings.

    So to compare it’s ” midnight screening ” results is a little misleading.

  4. Daryl Arnold says:

    The Movie Was Great!

  5. LOL says:

    There is even greater chance of Man of Steel beating its predecessor, only because America’s addiction to crap is so much more aggressive than what it was in the Noughties.

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