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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
How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.
Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer, »
- Charles Gant
12th June 2013
Hey there, kids/adults/other! Today’s something of a bumper issue as Jack and I appear to actually have bought more than one comic each this week, so be prepared for us to go on a bit. And by “us” I of course mean “me”.
It also marks the tenth installment of Panel Discussion. We made it to double figures – huzzah! I’m just as surprised as you are; I thought Jack’d be dead by now. Speaking of…
When I heard about Snyder’s intentions to return once more to Batman’s roots, I was both excited and dubious. As I’ve said before, Snyder has grafted hard on Batman to earn my goodwill, so I was intrigued as to what he’d do. On the other hand, Frank Miller’s Year One is regarded by »
- Mark Allen
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
If you’re the kind of person who will insist on clicking an article entitled “The Moral Implications of Man of Steel” and then mindlessly crow in the comment section about the amount of spoilers contained therein, then let’s make this clear – there are spoilers in this article. If you want to go into the movie fresh, clean, and not knowing anything, then do not read on. In fact, clicking here will take you back to the home page. Do it.
As somebody who has never read any of the Superman comics, or even seen all of the films, I’m not putting myself forward as a scholar of the character. I’m not even really a fan, if I’m honest – the story of a god falling to Earth always seemed much more interesting in the hands of Thor, not Superman. Although it got a pretty orgasmic review on this very site, »
- Rob Batchelor
Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers For Man Of Steel
While brainstorming ideas for what would eventually become The Dark Knight Rises in 2010, screenwriter David S. Goyer pitched a Superman reboot to producer Christopher Nolan. Liking what he heard, Nolan took the idea to Warner Bros. and the studio happily gave him the green light. Hiring Zack Snyder as director, this team looked to bring Superman back to relevancy.
Three years after that initial meeting, that Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is finally out in theaters. After a killer marketing campaign and lots of pre-release hype, expectations were through the roof for this new interpretation of the classic hero. With Nolan’s Batman trilogy concluding last year, WB desperately needs a new franchise to serve as the tentpole for the next few years.
Upon release, Man of Steel has received a mixed reception. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, professional critics were not kind »
- Chris Agar
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Man of Steel was one of the most-anticipated movie events of the year, and from a box office perspective it did not disappoint.Through Sunday, Man of Steel earned a fantastic $128.6 million*$116.6 million during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday period, and another $12 million from Thursday night group sales. That's the second-best opening of 2013 so far behind Iron Man 3, and it's a new record for highest opening ever in June ahead of Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million). The official three-day figure of $116.6 million ranks second all-time among non-sequels behind The Hunger Games. Man of Steel also performed well compared to 2006's Superman Returns. That movie opened on a Wednesday and earned $84.6 million through its first five days. Adjusting for ticket price inflation, that would come out to $102.5 million, or noticeably lower than Man of Steel's $128.6 million haul so far.In need of a major franchise to fill the void left by Harry Potter and The Dark Knight, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Movie: Man of Steel (2013) Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Zack Snyder Starring: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Kal-El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Nathan Hardy, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White Screenwriters: David S. Goyer; story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan RottenTomatoes: 56% MetaCritic: 55/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) Overall, Man of Steel is entertaining even though it runs about 25-30 minutes too long. It feels a lot like a film trying really hard not to fail more than trying really hard to work. With nearly 75 percent of it's 143-minute running time used to set the character up, I'm curious to see where they take the story in the future »
- Brad Brevet
It had a lot to live up to, and “Man of Steel” certainly didn’t disappoint. The Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures superhero reboot scored a whopping $125 million Stateside debut, the biggest-ever opening in June, with an additional $71.6 million from overseas.
See Also: Is Henry Cavill headed for Hollywood stardom?
Warners projects that “Man of Steel” actually made $113 million from Friday to Sunday, making it the 18th largest opening of all time, behind 2007′s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” ($114.7 million). The additional $12 million for “Man of Steel” comes from late-night grosses Thursday.
“Man of Steel” bowed day-and-date in 24 international markets this weekend, including just three major territories — the U.K., Mexico and South Korea. Blighty easily led the charge, contributing $17.1 million, while Mexico and Korea followed, with $9.8 million and $8.8 million, respectively.
See Also: “Man of Steel” – Film Review
Sony, meanwhile, made a savvy counterprogramming move launching R-rated raunch »
- Andrew Stewart
Well Man of Steel slowed a little over the weekend as it appeared it might break Toy Story 3's $110 million June opening record by $10 million, but a $3 million margin I guess will have to do as the new Superman brought in $113 million over the three-day weekend and a total of $125 million from Thursday to Friday after some early Thursday Walmart and midnight screenings. The film earned an "A-" CinemaScore, which bodes well for its future prospects, and with a $225 million budget it's going to need those legs to turn a tidy profit and give WB additional comfort in that sequel they've already greenlit. While Man of Steel's number isn't on par with The Dark Knight ($158 million) or The Dark Knight Rises ($160 million), it's best to remember those two films started with Batman Begins, which only opened with $48.7 million ($60.3 adjusted for inflation) in 2005. If history tells us anything, the »
- Brad Brevet
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
Like cities and civilisations, superheroes need their foundation myths. Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer provided a new one for Bruce Wayne's alter ego in Batman Begins (infinitely more elaborate than the tale Bob Kane came up with in his 1939 comic). Now they've done the same for Clark Kent and Superman, whose arrival from the doomed planet Krypton was recorded in a mere handful of comic strip panels in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. But Nolan and Goyer, credited as producer and screenwriter on Man of Steel, have entrusted the direction of their star child to a much cruder film-maker, Zack Snyder. The result is noisy, violent, overlong and laboured.
We're given a lengthy history of Krypton, an over-reaching galaxy that brought about its own destruction, of the conflict there between the authoritarian racist General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Superman's father (Russell Crowe, who has rather more to »
- Philip French
Written by David S. Goyer
Directed by Zack Snyder
Come back, Superman Returns; all is forgiven. Upon its release, Bryan Singer’s take on the most iconic comic-book hero of all time was rightly criticized for being poorly cast, too beholden to the Christopher Reeve era and prone to bouts of distracting silliness. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has a clear aim: to reboot the character in a sober, bracing fashion in the same way Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy eschewed the excesses of the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher takes on the character; Nolan even acts as co-producer and gets a story credit here. Where Batman Begins succeeded in creating a workable filmic universe that placed Batman in a recognizable global context while forging strong psychological ties to that character’s fundamentals, however, Man of Steel simply presents a familiar origin story while overloading it with fussy plot details, »
- Simon Howell
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni | Written by David S. Goyer | Directed by Zach Snyder
Man of Steel sees the troubled cinematic journey of Superman take a rather bold new direction. After years of developments, 2006’s Superman Returns saw Bryan Singer unable to shoulder the burden of creating a Superman for our times, instead going for an overly reverential and somewhat dull film which unlike the previous year’s Batman Begins, made one of DC’s most celebrated characters big-screen journey stall once again. With the Batman films’ key creative spearhead Christopher Nolan on board for Superman this time and with notoriously love him or hate him director Zack Snyder in tow, film studio Warner Brothers are hoping Man of Steel will not only re-establish Superman’s success on the big-screen, but can also be »
- Ian Loring
Man of Steel vs. Superman Returns (photo: Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel) [See previous post: "Man of Steel Box Office: June Record Likely (Sort of)."] Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer / Brandon Routh’s Superman Returns opened with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Man of Steel will clearly soar much higher. (See updated post: “Man of Steel to Trail Iron Man 3: Box Office” — and possibly to trail the original Iron Man as well.) Superman Returns cumed at $200.08 million in North America, in addition to $191 million internationally. Considering the exponential growth of the international market in the last decade, expect Man of Steel to earn much more outside of than in North America. Remember, without the international market, movies that cost $225 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses) would likely never, ever get made. Directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve in the title role, »
- Zac Gille
Director Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Superman reboot Man of Steel has just flown into cinemas, so without further ado*, here are five reasons why the time is right for Superman to return (again) in Man of Steel.
Christopher Nolan is coming off the Batman / Dark Knight trilogy
Writer-director Christopher Nolan is highly regarded among geeks and cineastes alike, in large part (but not exclusively) due to his epic Batman / Dark Knight trilogy comprising Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. He's acclaimed for restoring a sense of gritty seriousness to the Batman franchise (and superhero movies in general). While he's only a producer and co-writer on Man of Steel, his name has been used extensively in the movie's marketing. Contrary to what this highly entertaining video spoof by How it Should Have Ended, where Batman and Superman argue over the trailer, would suggest, Christopher Nolan was »
Man of Steel box office: Will latest Superman reboot break June domestic record? (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Man of Steel had, as expected, a strong opening at the domestic box office on Thursday evening. The latest Superman reboot collected an estimated $12 million, in addition to another $9 million at midnight showings for a grand total of $21 million. For comparison’s sake: Starring Robert Downey Jr, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 debuted with $15.6 million from Thursday evening / midnight showings in early May. (See also updated post: “Man of Steel Box Office: June Record Likely — Sort of.”) Now, to compare Man of Steel‘s Thursday late evening $21 million take to the midnight box-office grosses of, for instance, Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games ($19.74 million), Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart / Taylor Lautner’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30.1 million), Christopher Nolan »
- Zac Gille
Just like many children of the 1970s, I had a hard time accepting what I saw in the first trailers for Man of Steel. How dare someone come along and try to tell me someone else could be Superman besides Christopher Reeve! I do love those movies with all my heart (yes, even the third and fourth ones), but it's been 35 years since we've really seen a new and truly unique vision of the world's first super hero. As much as I protested, the time had come.
Let's be completely honest going into this review. Both Superman Returns and Smallville rested on the concepts made popular in Richard Donner's 1978 movie. For all intents and purposes, Superman Returns was a direct sequel to Superman II. Brandon Routh completely channeled Christopher Reeve and while Kevin Spacey added his own flare to the role of Lex Luthor, he still fit into the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
We talked about the inception of the project, a more restrained Man of Steel and the alien influence on Superman. You can read our review of Man of Steel and check below for the full transcript of our meeting. Our chat with writer David Goyer will be up on the site later this afternoon so check back…
Getting involved with Man of Steel
DS: We got a call from the Nolans, and we had never met even though we were a husband and wife team at the same studio, and they said ‘Do you mind if we talk to you about Superman?’ and Zack got off the phone and we thought ‘I don’t know…’ and it was for two separate reasons. »
- Jon Lyus
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