Superman sets super June record
But "Iron Man" rules
City News Service | 6/16/2013, 11 p.m.
“Man Of Steel” is on track to be the biggest movie ever to open in the month of June, as North Americans are predicted to spend $110.3 million to see the latest Superman saga.
Warner Bros. announced the sales figures today. If the studio counts a bonus $12 million in “corporate sales” from an event Thursday night, the film now has $125 million in the till, according to Hollywood.com Box Office.
As good as the “Man Of Steel” is performing, it was still behind “Iron Man 3” as the most-popular movie premiere of the summer. That sequel had a $174.1 million debut, according to its studio, Disney, and is about to cross the $400 million domestic sales mark.
“This Is The End,” a star-crossed comedy starring stars being stars,
opened Wednesday, and was boosted by subsequent “great reviews and great word-of-mouth,” said Hollywood.com movie industry sage Paul Dergarabedian. For the three-day weekend, it was in second place with an estimated $20.5 million in sales.
Add in Wednesday and Thursday, and “This Is The End” has a $32.8 million gross, according to Sony/Colombia studios.
“Now You See It” was in third place, with a $10.3 million weekend estimated gross and $80 million in sales over three weeks. “Fast & Furious 6” was in fourth place with a $9.4 million weekend and $219.6 million estimated running total.
Rounding out the 10 most-popular films, as reported by the studios and collated by Hollywood.com, were “The Purge” ($8.2 million), “The Internship” ($7 million), “Epic” ($6 million), “Star Trek Into Darkness” ($5.7 million), “After Earth” ($3.8 million) and “Iron Man 3” ($2.9 million).