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.  
This morning Wall Street Journal is reporting that the studio is moving fast to make a sequel and capitalize on the success of the film. They're shooting for an opening next year which is insanely fast, but could be done if they can get things together in the next six months.

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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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Saw last night it had made that much. The release dates are rather close together, but I'm all for a sequel.

Pat Dilloway said...

It would be stupid to slap together a sequel so soon and try to slap a Justice League movie together almost as fast and release it the same year as Avengers 2. Plus also Star Wars 7 is supposed to come out that year. I mean really Marvel laid the groundwork for the Avengers back in 2008, which meant 4 years of building up to it. The kind of coordination you need for that just can't be done in 18 months. I doubt they have a script yet, they don't have an attached director, and except for Superman they don't have anyone cast. It would make more sense to wait until at least 2016 if not 2017.

TS Hendrik said...

Too close for a sequel. Seriously too close. If they push it out that quick my expectations will drop. It had a pretty sizable budget, so it needs to keep hitting the heights globally.

I've been reading over the Justice League talks. There hasn't really been much discussion of a Flash film yet that I've seen. Wonder Woman and Aquaman though. Course no one's ever really gotten a hold on Wonder Woman, and Aquaman is far from being popular. I would love a Martian Manhunter film. I think that, if done right, could be pretty fun.

I still say they should just be setting up all the characters now so that the Justice League's 2nd movie is Crisis on Infinite Earths. That would be unloading both barrels.


I don't trust what WB (allegedly) has to say. If it was DC Animation that would be different. The ON again OFF again Justice League Movie is annoying.

MPax said...

I'm seeing Man of Steel tomorrow. I'll never object to more Henry Cavill however.


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