Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, debuts to $113.1 million over Father's Day weekend in North America and to $71.6 million overseas for a worldwide opening of $196.7 million.
Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan,debuted to $113.1 million over Father's Day weekend in North America and to $71.6 million overseas for a total opening of $196.7 million.Co-produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for $225 million, Man of Steel eclipsed previous June record-holder Toy Story 3, which debuted to $110.3 million in June 2010.
IMAX theaters also did big business on Man of Steel, taking in $13.3 million (12 percent of the total gross) to likewise score the biggest June opening of all time. Overall, 41 percent of the revenues came from 3D screens.
Sony's innovative end-of-the-world comedy This Is the End finished in second place at the North American box office, with a five-day debut of $32.8 million. The R-rated feature opened Wednesday, marking the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and has already made back its $32 million budget.
Summit Entertainment's magician heist movie Now You See Me placed third in its third weekend at the box office with $10.3 million for a domestic total of $80 million.
Universal's Fast & Furious 6 hit $636.9 million in global grosses to become the number one title in the action franchise, besting the $628 million earned by Fast Five. Domestically, the action tentpole placed number four in its fourth weekend with $9.4 million, pushing its North American total to $219.6 million.
Paramount and Skydance Productions' Star Trek Into Darkness continued to enjoy strong momentum, jumping the $200 million mark at the international box office to put its worldwide at $412.2 million. The feature earned $17 million over the weekend at the foreign box office for a total of $201.7 million.
Universal’s The Purge, directed by Jason Blum, came in fifth, grossing $8.2 million in its sophomore outing for a total of $51.4 million -- 17 times the film's $3 million production budget.
In sixth place, Shawn Levy's Google comedy, The Internship, made $7 million for 20th Century Fox over its second weekend for a domestic total of $31 million.
Animated feature Epic, produced by Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky, came in seventh place on its fourth weekend out, earning $6 million for a domestic total of $95.4 million.
In eighth place, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, from Paramount and Skydance, made $5.7 million at the domestic box office for a total of $210.5 million. Overseas, the film came in fifth, taking in $17 million to jump the $200 million mark with a total of $201.7 million.
Sony's sci-fi epic After Earth, starring Will Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, came in ninth, bringing in $3.8 million for a domestic total of $54.2 million. Overseas the film placed third, earning $24 million from international markets for a total of $145.3 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Disney and Marvel's Iron Man 3 continued to do well, making $2.9 million during its seventh weekend at the domestic box office for a total of $399.6 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.