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Box Office Report: Man of Steel soars to the top

Box Office Report: Man of Steel soars to the top

Superman is back.

Man of Steel dominated the box office this weekend, bringing in over $125 million to make it June’s biggest opening of all-time and the second-best opening of the year behind Iron Man 3. This number beats the studio’s estimate of $80 million and rival studios who predicted a $110 million opening.

Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan’s reboot made $113 million through the traditional Friday-to-Sunday period and another $12 million during Wal-Mart’s special screenings on Thursday. Depending on how you look at it, that makes Man of Steel somewhere between No. 11 and 14 for all-time openings.

The $125 million opening is by far better than 2006’s Superman Returns, which made $84 million through its first five days and barely cracked the $200 million mark domestically. Man of Steel is far better than that film, with a nice telling of the origin story aided by solid performances and some beautiful visuals and wild action sequences.

The critically-acclaimed This is the End came in second with $20 million and has now made $32.8 million since opening on Wednesday. The Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-directed comedy/thriller is extremely hilarious with a unique premise featuring actors/comedians such as Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill playing exaggerated versions of themselves.

Now You See Me pulled in another $10 million to finish third and push its total take to $80 million since it debuted over two weeks ago, while Fast & Furious 6 grabbed $9.4 million to fall to fourth and increase its total haul to $219.5 million. The Purge, after opening huge last weekend, fell to fifth with $8.2 million.

The big question now is if Man of Steel can reclaim the top spot again next weekend, as both Brad Pitt’s World War Z and Pixar’s Monsters University are opening.

Nate pretends to be a movie connoisseur but in reality he really knows nothing about movies other than the fact that he loves them. His favorites include The Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart and Schindler's List. Follow him on Twitter @nater_parsons

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