Man Of Steel Sets June Box Office Record
The Man of Iron was still stronger than the Man of Steel, but the recast Superman nevertheless managed to set a new box office record for June with a record take of $116.6 million over the weekend. (The previous record holder was Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3, which opened with $110 million in June 2010.) Combined with Walmart special screenings on Thursday the film hauled in $128.7 million. Some 12 percent of that take came from IMAX theaters. (Iron Man 3 opened in April with $174.1 million.) Sony's This Is the End was far behind in second place with $20.1 million, but with an additional $12 million earned on Wednesday and Thursday it has already earned what it cost to produce. In the third place was the surprise hit Now You See Me from Lionsgate, which added another $11 million to its gross, which now stands at $80.7 million after three weeks. Universal's Fast and Furious 6 remained among the top five in its fourth week with $9.6 million, lifting its total to $219.7 million. But last week's No. 1 film, The Purge, also from Universal, plunged a whopping 76 percent to $8.3 million. Nevertheless, for a film that reportedly cost only $3 million, its current total of $52 million is something that a lot of studio executives are no doubt envying.