New Superman movie wins box office race

2013-06-16 20:10

Los Angeles - Man of Steel, the big-budget reboot of the Superman franchise, leaped over the apocalyptic buddy comedy  This is the End, collecting a muscular $113.1m to lead the domestic box office with the year's second-largest opening weekend and the biggest June opening to date.

This is the End, written by star Seth Rogen and his childhood friend Evan Goldberg, collected $20.5m at theatres in the domestic market comprised of the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates collected by Reuters.

The apocalyptic comedy depicting the end of the world stars more than a dozen well-known Hollywood actors including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Emma Watson.

In third place, the comedy heist caper Now You See Me continued its stronger-than-expected showing with ticket sales of $10.3m, bringing its three-week total to $80m.

The Purge, made for $3m by the producer of the low-budget Paranormal Activity series, finished fifth with $8.2m, behind Fast & Furious 6, which took in $9.4m in its fourth week in release.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, The Purge is set in 2022 when the US government reduces crime by allowing almost all crime to go unpunished during a 12-hour "purge" period.

Man of Steel was released by Warner Bros, Sony/Columbia released This is the End, The Purge and Fast & Furious 6 were distributed by Universal and Lionsgate/Summit distributed Now You See Me.