Box Office Report: 'Man of Steel' Sails Past $150 Million in North America

"Man of Steel"
"Man of Steel"
 Warner Bros. Pictures

Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's Man of Steel zoomed past the $150 million mark in its fifth day of release at the domestic box office, enjoying robust weekday business.

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The Superman tentpole, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, scored the top June debut of all time, grossing $116.1 million. Including $12 million earned last Thursday night from special Walmart screenings, the pic ended Sunday with a total $128.7 million under its belt.

Man of Steel, based on the marquee D.C. Comics superhero, took in another $12.6 million on Monday and $11.5 million on Tuesday, pushing its North American total to $$152.8 million. Overseas, the movie -- starring British actor Henry Cavill in the title role -- opened just north of $70 million last weekend.

Directed by Snyder and produced by Nolan, Man of Steel should cross $200 million domestically on Saturday.

The $225 million tentpole is a sizeable victory for Warners and Legendary. The movie also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.

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Superman isn't the only superhero celebrating.

Also on Tuesday, Disney and Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 jumped the $400 million mark at the domestic box office as its blockbuster run comes to an end. Shane Black's threequel was already the No. 1 film of the year. Oz the Great and Powerful is currently No. 2 with $234.2 million, followed by Fast and Furious 6 with $222 million.

Globally, Iron Man 3 is the No. 5 top grossing film of all time with $1.2 billion, including $802.9 million in international ticket sales.

Returning Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, Iron Man 3 is the sixth Disney film to cross $1 billion and the second-highest grossing Disney film after Marvel's The Avengers ($1.5 billion).

Iron Man 3 has outpaced Avengers in many territories -- including China, Hong Kong, Korea and Russia -- indicating that it has played more like a sequel to Avengers than to Iron Man 2.

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