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