"Man of Steel" not only lands atop the box office, but also scores new record for the highest opening in June. The Warner Bros. feature from director Zack Snyder and scribe David S. Goyer debuts to a strong $116.6 million, beating the opening of "Toy Story 3" with $110.3 million in 2010. Additionally, it outperforms 2006's "Superman Returns", which collected $84.6 million.
"Anything over $100 million means the franchise is back. The studio gave the movie the right tone for today's audiences - something dark," Jeff Bock, vice president and chief analyst of Exhibitor Relations, says to USA Today of Henry Cavill's movie. Though it captures most moviegoers' hearts (as suggested by an "A-" CinemaScore), it apparently does not go along with critics (a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).
In a distant second place is another new release, Seth Rogen's "This Is the End". The starry comedy scores a good result for a runner-up, taking in $20.7 million. Unlike "Man of Steel", the apocalypse movie turns out to be favorable among critics and audience, as 85% of reviewers and 87% of fans on Rotten Tomatoes said they would recommend it.
"Now You See Me" continues its solid performance in its third week. The magicians-turned-thieves film, which features Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo, earns another $11 million for K/O Paper Products.
Last week's champion, "The Purge", plunges to the fifth place in its second run with another $8.3 million. "Fast and Furious 6", meanwhile, sits at No. 4 right in its fourth week with $9.6 million. Even so, the high-octane film succeeds to be the second biggest film of 2013 with a worldwide total of $636.9M as well as the highest grossing installment in the franchise, beating "Fast Five" which got $628 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for June 14 - 16: