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Man of Steel box office to reach $150 million in North America today (photo: Dylan Sprayberry as the young Clark Kent in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the title role, Man of Steel will undoubtedly pass the $150 million milestone at the North American box office on Tuesday, June 19, 2013. Partly boosted by 3D surcharges, after about four and a quarter days (including $12 million from Thursday evening screenings), Warner Bros.’ $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel has taken in $141.26 million from 4,207 Us/Canada locations, including $12.58 million on Monday as per Box Office Mojo. For comparison’s sake: From Friday-Monday, without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Jon Favreau / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man earned $105.55 million, or about $117 million today. So, if the 3D surcharges* are deducted from Man of Steel‘s Friday-to-Monday total, the 2013 Superman reboot would be left with $116.34 million. In other words, the $140 million-budgeted Iron Man »
- Zac Gille
In 2013, you don't have to be the "Man of Steel." If you're even a moderately noteworthy superhero, you're probably going to get your own movie. If that movie does well — and it probably will, since it's a superhero movie and the world loves superheroes — you're going to get a sequel, maybe even two, and those will probably do well, too. In short, being a superhero is, generally, a good thing.
That's why it's so surprising that the following nine superheroes don't already have movie deals, just by virtue of dawning their respective costumes. I'm sorry, I thought this was 'Merica! Someone get these people to a movie studio, stat!
9. Banana Man
With the glasses, you know already that Banana Man has superhuman vision abilities, so that's an easy check mark. You better believe those are glasses for near-sighted people. But it doesn't stop there: Banana Man dishes out empty banana »
- Nick Blake
Sherlock Holmes has never been so prevalent. With a Sherlock Holmes film franchised led by Robert Downey Jr. and BBC's Sherlock TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, CBS took a small gamble when it greenlighted its one-hour drama Elementary. Centered on the private eye, flanked by a female Watson, the show is set in contemporary New York City. The changes have certainly paid off. So much so that THR's chief TV critic Tim Goodman, in his review of the pilot, declared Jonny Lee Miller "superb and compelling as Sherlock." For Miller, who previously starred in Eli Stone and Dexter, going
- Philiana Ng
Iron Man 3 has earned over $400 million at the Us box office.
It has become the first release in 2013 to do so, reports ComicBook.com.
No other film has reached the $300 million mark in 2013 so far.
Iron Man 3 has currently earned $1,203,459,094 worldwide, making its the fifth highest-grossing film in history behind Avatar, Titanic, Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
Watch a trailer for Iron Man 3 below: »
Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s »
- Zac Gille
Marvel fans could not be happier that Joss Whedon is making the rounds to plug his indie “Much Ado About Nothing” because with each new interview, “The Avengers” helmer seems to dribble out an update on the impending sequel.
In his latest interview for Empire Magazine’s podcast, he says that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, will not return for the next installment and explains why.
““First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well,” Whedon says. “Second of all, Loki’s not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back. Not as an insult. It’s just a nice word.”
Loki isn’t completely left out of the Marvel universe, though, with the latest trailer for “Thor: The Dark World »
- Justin Kroll
Despite all films in their original trilogy making more money than last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire never did get the assurance and longevity backing for their vision than Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield have received today.
Marc Webb then gets a fourth movie in the series that Sam Raimi never did. The good news of course is that this gives Webb and his team the golden opportunity to plan ahead to a degree that no comic book movie franchise has ever had before. It’s already »
- Matt Holmes
Warning: Spoilers Galore.
By not simply rolling to "The End," "They all lived happily ever after," etc. after Frodo made a three-pointer chucking The One Ring into Mount Doom, Peter Jackson set a pretty bad precedent in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Every time it seemed like all was well and we were fading to credits, another five-minute scene would roll in. Toss in a few Oscars and you've got a bunch of blockbuster directors wanting to add 20 endings to their genre films, too.
With "Man of Steel" currently keeping people from validating their parking for way longer than they should, let's take a look at five recent flicks that just kept going and going and going ...
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)
- Max Evry
Just about everything regarding 2015′s superhero mega-spinoff-sequel The Avengers 2 is under wraps. But writer-director Joss Whedon has been slowly revealing the cast list for the movie. We know that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will appear; we know that Iron Man will probably appear, unless the Downey-Marvel contract negotiations go nuclear.
But in a new interview with Empire, Whedon strongly implies that one key character from Avengers 1 won’t be returning. At one point, the interviewers ask Whedon if he’ll come up with any funny random old English words to compare to Loki’s use of the term “mewling quim” in the first film. »
- Darren Franich
Jaxson is only 1-year-old so it's a little hard for him to separate fact from fiction. Hence the wetworks that ensued when he was told he was going to meet Iron Man but was instead rewarded with a face-to-face with Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. The look on Rdj's face just about says it all. Iron Man 3 is still playing in select theaters and currently sits at a comfortable $1.2B at the worldwide box office. Related Content: Twitter Buzz: Iron Man 3 Geek Deals: Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Pre-Order, Doctor Who Series Seven And More "Based on Warren Ellis' Extremis storyline and following the box-office shattering events of Marvel's The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has become the target of global terrorist The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) who has secretly been the mastermind behind most of the tragedies in Tony's life. Isolated from his fellow Avengers, »
While it looks as though most of the major players from "The Avengers" won't be going anywhere for the sequel, one character who's definitely not returning is the bad guy, Loki.
Director Joss Whedon spilled the beans about the Norse god, played by Tom Hiddleston, during a recent appearance on the Empire Film Podcast. When asked about a speech Loki delivers to Black Widow that ends with the villain calling the Avenger a "mewling quim," Whedon revealed there are no plans for a similar speech in "Avengers 2."
"Imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well," he explained. "Second of all, Loki is not there to say those terrible things."
- Katie Roberts
Whedon delivered the news in a podcast interview with Empire;
“Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment and you’ll be looking for [a quim moment]. First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, Loki’s not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it’s just a nice word.”
The decision not to use Loki in the next ensemble film makes perfect sense. Not only does this mean a new master villain will be used but likely a different kind of threat to the world. If Marvel had gone back to Loki in The Avengers 2, »
- Matt Robinson
A June opening weekend record confirms that Superman's invulnerability extends to critical barbs. Now he just needs to fend off Brad Pitt …
Raiding the vaults is de rigueur in an industry where the heads of studios are terrified of change and thus as creatively risk averse as their corporate parents. Warner Bros has consistently been one of the more daring purveyors of mass-appeal content, but even its minions are not inured to the allure of conservatism.
The studio has made much capital out of the Superman franchise and keeps on trying to reinvent the dullest of all the superheroes. To be fair, Zack Snyder's thunderous Man of Steel is far livelier than Bryan Singer's misguided 2006 entry into the canon, Superman Returns, and while it drew only so-so reviews, it did set a new record for a June opening weekend of $113.1m.
That's some achievement, considering the competition over »
- Jeremy Kay
Man of Steel box office: Zack Snyder Superman 2013 reboot trailing Iron Man in ticket sales [See previous post: "Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record (Not Really) Broken."] According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will have grossed $125.08 million by Sunday evening. Whether or not you buy into the "June box-office record" hype, the 2013 Superman movie starring Henry Cavill currently boasts the second-biggest opening of the year, trailing only one other superhero flick: Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which earned $174.14 million in early May. Note: The above figures for both Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 include Thursday evening shows. (Photo: Superman 2013 director Zack Snyder on the Man of Steel set.) For comparison’s sake: without the box-office-inflating advantages of 3D surcharges or Thursday evening showtimes, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man scored $98.68 million on its opening weekend in May 2008. That represents about $109 million today. In other words, if Man of Steel »
- Zac Gille
The Avengers 2 writer-director Joss Whedon revealed over the weekend that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will not be featured in the upcoming Marvel Phase Two sequel.
"Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things."
Tom Hiddleston does return in Thor: The Dark World, debuting in theaters this fall, but it isn't known why the villain does not make an appearance in The Avengers 2. The filmmaker also confirmed a story from April that he has finished the first draft of the sequel, and that the rest of the Marvel's The Avengers cast is returning.
"I've turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody's very much on board with the exact movie I'm trying to make which is what worked the first time. »
Superhero movies have a way of creating movie stars.
With a boffo $125 million domestic start, and nearly $72 million so far overseas, Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” is the prime star-making vehicle for hulking Brit thesp Henry Cavill, whose previous biggest box office opening was 2011′s “The Immortals,” with $32 million.
See Also: ‘Man of Steel’ Breaks June Record With $125 Million Debut
Up until “Immortals,” Cavill had only small roles in some mid-sized pics, including 2002′s “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Stardust” in 2007. Cavill was probably best known for his role on TV’s “The Tudors,” in which he played Charles Brandon, a statesman to King Henry.
But there’s nothing like a worldwide box office hit to propel an actor into the stratosphere.
- Andrew Stewart
Blame it on the costuming. When Iron Man super-fan Jaxson Denno discovered he was not meeting the super hero, but rather the actor who portrayed him, the 1½-year-old was super sad. But our readers were touched as Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. met up with the child and tried to stem Jaxson's disappointment in meeting the actor, and not the fantasy man in the suit. See the story here. Downey, 48, was visiting Sunderland and Shelburne Falls, two towns in Massachusetts, this week to shoot his latest film, The Judge, and was not wearing his Iron Man suit when »
- Andrea Billups
Henry Cavill Man of Steel to trail Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3 [See previous post: "Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record May Not Be Broken."] As long as it grosses at least $100 million by Sunday evening — and that’s a given — Zack Snyder / Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel will boast the second-biggest opening of 2013, behind only Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $174.14 million in early May according to Box Office Mojo. As mentioned in the previous post, Man of Steel is expected to score anywhere between $115-$140 million. Note: Figures for both Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 include Thursday evening shows. (See updated posts: “Man of Steel trailing Original Iron Man” and “Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past.”) (Photo: Henry Cavill Superman in Man of Steel.) For comparison’s sake: without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges or Thursday evening screenings, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man debuted with $98.68 million »
- Zac Gille
Jaxson Denno doesn't like being lied to, which is exactly what happened when his mom told him he was going to come face-to-face with Iron Man.
According to People, the 18-month-old tyke burst into tears upon meeting Robert Downey Jr., because he was expecting the Marvel Comics superhero. We don't blame the little guy: We'd also be crestfallen to encounter a middle-aged man in jeans and a T-shirt instead of a dude in a sweet suit that can fly. Even if said middle-aged man is Robert Downey Jr.
In the above photo, taken in western Massachusetts where Downey Jr. is filming "The Judge," the suitless "Iron Man" star attempts to comfort a severely disappointed Jaxson. The What the hell do I do now? look on the actor's face is priceless.
"He was fine as soon as he talked to him," Jaxson's mom Heather told People, adding that the boy "was »
- Laura Larson
Man of Steel box office: Superman 2013 reboot likely to break June domestic record — sort of (Photo: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in Man of Steel) Man of Steel will quite likely — sort of — break the June record at the North American box office this weekend, according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. Things started out quite well for the $225 million-budgeted 2013 Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Clark Kent aka Superman: on Thursday evening at the Us/Canada box office, Man of Steel grossed an estimated $12 million, plus $9 million at Thursday midnight shows. That’s quite a bit better than Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which opened with $15.6 million from Thursday evening / midnight shows in early May. (See updated Man of Steel post: Superman 2013 may not break June opening-weekend record.) The current opening-weekend-in-June record officially belongs »
- Zac Gille
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