The resurrection of the Superman franchise has paid off. Man of Steel led the box office over the weekend with $113.1 million, breaking the June debut record of $110.3 million, which was held by Toy Story 3 (2010). The $225 million tentpole also debuted to $71.6 million overseas, including topping the UK box office, with £11.2m, the second biggest opening of the year behind Iron Man 3.
Produced by Chris Nolan, Penned by David S. Goyer and directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel reveals Kent Clark aka Superman (played by British thesp Henry Cavill), as an alien who tries to hide his superpowers from humans in order to assimilate, until earth becomes the target of his alien people. Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner and Amy Adams also star in the thriller.
Raunchy comedy, This Is The End, claims the second spot in its debut weekend with an impressive $32.8 million, making back its $32 million budget. Conceived and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the innovative comedy features a list of actors, including Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny mcBride, Michael Cera and Emma Watson, playing fictional versions of themselves as they meet in a star-studded party at James Franco’s house when the apocalypse begins and they have to work together to survive.
Ranking third, the magic thriller Now You See Me draws $10.3 in its third weekend for a domestic total of $80 million. It was followed by action movie Fast and Furious, which made $9.4 million to hit $636.9 million global gross, becoming No. 1 title in the action franchise.
Last week’s box office champion, The purge, retreated to the 5th place with $8.2 million. The low-budget horror film, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, grossed a total of $51.8 in two weeks.