Man of Steel had an Earth-shattering opening this weekend and the rumor is that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking the sequel to lead to a Justice League movie in 2015.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that the Superman sequel Man of Steel had a huge opening weekend. Here are the highlights:
- Man of Steel earned an estimated $125.1 million
- $113.1 million during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday period, and another $12 million from Thursday night group sales.
- Man of Steel had the second-best opening of 2013 so far behind Iron Man 3
- A new record for highest opening ever in June ahead of Toy Story 3 ($110.3 million).
- The official three-day figure of $113.1 million ranks fourth all-time among non-sequels behind The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland and Spider-Man.
- Man of Steel also performed well compared to Superman Returns (2006).
- Superman Returns opened on a Wednesday and earned $84.6 million through its first five days.
- Adjusting for ticket price inflation, Superman Returns earned $102.5 million, or noticeably lower than Man of Steel's $125 million haul so far.
- Man of Steel opened to $71.6 million in 24 markets, only three of which are considered major.
- The movie earned a strong $17.1 million in the U.K., which is just a little bit less than Iron Man 3's debut there.
- It also took in $9.8 million in Mexico—slightly under Dark Knight Rises—and $8.8 million in South Korea.
- Man of Steel expands in to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and China next weekend—if it does similarly strong business in those markets, an overseas gross north of $500 million is likely.
According to sources at WSJ, "Warner is already in development on a sequel to 'Man of Steel' and is expected to fast track that for release as soon as 2014, said knowledgeable people close to the studio.
In addition, it has long been developing a 'Justice League' team-up movie featuring characters such as the Flash and Wonder Woman that could come out as soon as 2015."
Bleeding Cool echoes my feeling that, "Films can be turned around this quickly and still turn out well, but I am always disappointed by the studios’ insistence on setting release dates before they even have screenplays, let alone actual films." It worked for Avengers, so we'll see.
I saw Man of Steel this weekend and will have a review up soon!
How do you feel about a Man of Steel sequel? Are you worried or excited about having release dates set for 2014 and 2015?
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