'Man of Steel' Friday Box Office; On Track for Best June Opening Ever

Man of Steel Friday box office results
Henry Cavill in Man of Steel
Photo: Warner Bros.

Man of Steel brought in $12 million from early Thursday screenings and midnight showings and on Friday the superhero film added an estimated $44.1 million to that total, bringing its early one-and-a-half-day tally up to $56.1 million.

Take the Thursday numbers out and you're looking at a likely opening weekend around $120 million and with an "A-" CinemaScore and the fact this weekend is Father's Day you may see a stronger hold than normal. Then again, with the U.S. Open, Stanley Cup Finals and NBA Finals all this weekend, that could also takeaway from the film's opening.

Of course, that number won't touch Iron Man 3's $174.1 million opening, though it will serve as the second largest opening of the year so far. It will also top Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening in 2010 for the largest June opening ever.

Additionally, new release This is the End brought in $6.8 million on Friday and Sony Classics finally opened Before Midnight nationwide and it managed $425,000 from 893 theaters while Sofia Coppola's new release, The Bling Ring, brought in $77,000 from only five theaters.

Here's Friday's top five:

  1. Man of Steel - $44 million
  2. This is the End - $6.8 million
  3. Now You See Me - $3.3 million
  4. The Purge - $2.9 million
  5. Fast & Furious 6 - $2.7 million

via ERC

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Glad to see it doing so well. I'm probably not going to be seeing the film in theatres but I will be renting it when it comes out.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheMovieGuru/ The Movie Guru

      I thought that you were really excited for this one?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        I was, I'm just trying to save up some money for the summer, that's why I probably won't end up seeing it. There's still a chance that I might see it though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    From a business standpoint this is good for WB and DC because now they can start to make progress on their version of the MCU with this kind of opening. The development of Justice League shouldn't be far behind.

    Haven't seen the film itself though so no idea if it's any good though. As happens often enough, critical reception and casual movie goer response is markedly different which means it's primed for a good run at the box office.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Since the Thursday numbers are being reported separately (and I'm still not clear if those shows were even in theatres or if they were in Walmart stores) $120 million is probably as high as it can do for the weekend, unless it gets a bigger than normal Sunday bump. Looking at The Avengers and Iron Man (the first one) in comparison would put it in line for $115 million or so. I'm still planning on seeing it tonight.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Paige/ Paige

      They were in theaters. Moviegoers were given badges which they would hand to the box cashiers, and both the badge and the ticket they would be given from box office were part of their admission. No idea how people got the badges, though, but obviously they had to pay some kind of money for it since those badges had cash value.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/APototsky/ APototsky

    Surprised to see that A- cinemascore. Saw it at midnight in Colorado and the audience booed. Most were terribly disappointed.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    Man of Steel was good but not great. I did love Costner and Crowe, but hated the amount of product placement.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I thought the film was great, loved the action scenes, flight scenes, sound, and awesome score...very effective film in my opinion. I hope it is very very successful.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    Armond White's review of this movie is a pretty interesting read. He labels it "The Godfather of superhero movies." Can't say I would make that claim, but here's the review if anyone is interested: