The 3-D film starring
The only other new movie to hit theaters this weekend, the R-rated comedy
"Man of Steel," meanwhile, posted the biggest June opening ever (not adjusting for inflation), beating the $110.3-million launch of 2010's "Toy Story 3." The movie also had one of the most successful debuts of the year, behind only the massive $174.1-million opening for
The first Superman movie in seven years is already on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film featuring Clark Kent. "Superman Returns" started with $52.5 million in its opening weekend and went on to collect $200.1 million in the U.S. and Canada — just over 50% of the movie's final $391.1 million global tally.
Though the last Superman movie, starring
Though the movie obviously performed well nationwide given its huge opening, it showed particular strength in the Midwest, said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman.
"Superman's roots are in Kansas, so movies about him have always done well in small towns," said Fellman. "A few weeks ago, when a tornado devastated Moore, Okla., the local Warren Theatre had its roof torn off. They even used it as a temporary morgue. But they've since repaired things and this weekend our movie had one of its strongest performances in the country there."
While "Man of Steel" is on track to collect at least $300 million domestically, it remains to be seen how well the movie will fare internationally. Since the picture cost Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures $225 million to produce, it will need to do strong business abroad if it is to become a hit. This weekend, the movie opened in 24 foreign markets, but international returns were not yet available early Sunday.
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Though the picture was generating the most pre-release interest among those under 25, this weekend it actually did best with a slightly older crowd — 52% of whom were over 25. Males made up about 60% of the audience.
“I think people will be obsessed with this movie for many, many weeks to come,” said
“This Is the End” may hold up well next weekend, but it will face competition from a new comedy July 28. That’s when “The Heat,” the buddy cop flick starring
“Before Midnight,” the third film in a series directed by Richard Linklater and starring
So far, the movie has sold a total of $3.2 million worth of tickets. The last picture featuring Hawke and Delpy as a couple, 2004's "Before Sunset," grossed $5.8 million in all.