Man of Steel soars with $116m debut

2013-06-18 11:04
Man of Steel Henry Cavill

Los Angeles - Superman blockbuster Man of Steel soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend, scoring a $116.6m opening despite mixed reviews, figures showed on Monday.

The Zach Snyder-directed movie stars British actor Henry Cavill as the iconic superhero, with Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams playing Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane in a cast that also includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.

The production is the latest attempt to build a money-spinning franchise around the planet Krypton's most famous son, and follows a 2006 reboot by Warner Bros - Superman Returns - which ultimately stalled after one film.

Snyder's movie has divided critics however, scoring a modest 56% rating on the movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with many complaining of an over-reliance on computer-generated imagery.

The Purge

Another new film, This Is The End, a comedy starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, opened in second place with $20.7m, figures from the industry tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.

Sleeper hit Now You See Me, about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective who hunt down a team of illusionists performing bank heists during their shows, held on to third place with $11m.

Action sequel Fast & Furious 6, starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, added another $9.6m, taking its outright haul to $219.7m and positioning it in fourth place.

Low-budget horror film The Purge - which scored a surprisingly strong opening last week to top the box office - fell to fifth place with $8.3m.

However, the $3m Universal feature starring Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has now earned a total of $52m, with a sequel already in the works, according to industry reports.

In sixth place was the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, which sees the Wedding Crashers co-stars competing with tech-savvy wizards after scoring an internship at Google. The film took $7.1m.

In seventh spot was animated film Epic with $6.29m, a whisker ahead of Star Trek: Into Darkness with $6.26m. The eighth-placed film has earned $211.1m so far.

Another science-fiction offering, After Earth starring Will Smith, was ninth with $4.1m.

Superhero sequel Iron Man 3 rounded out the top 10 with $3m in its seventh week, for a total of $399.7m since its release in May.

* Man of Steel open in cinemas in South Africa on 28 June. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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