Somewhat surprisingly – it's usually the other way around – Warner Bros.' Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel's domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening.
Now, Man of Steel's adjusted $116.61 million doesn't change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3's $110.3 million (approximately $111 million adjusted for inflation).
By the same token, Man of Steel remains behind the inflation-adjusted figures of Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, and which collected $93.68 million in June 2004 – or about $120 million in 2013 dollars.
Man of Steel also remains behind Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel, the Transformers sequel pulled in $127.8 million (approximately $136 million today) in its first three days out – Wednesday to Friday – in late June 2009. (Check out: “Man of Steel Review.”)
And as pointed out yesterday, Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill's Superman reboot currently holds the title of Record-Breaking Non-Sequel at the Domestic Box Office in June. (Check out: “Man of Steel vs. Superman Movies.”)
Superman now (sort of) ahead of Spider-Man, but still trailing Iron Man
Not factoring in inflation, Man of Steel now boasts the second (not fourth) biggest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel at the U.S. and Canada box office. The 2013 Superman reboot is behind only Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson's The Hunger Games ($152.53 million). However, once inflation is taken into account – as it always should – Man of Steel trails Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's Spider-Man ($114.84 million in 2002; about $157 million adjusted) by a wide margin. (Whether or not inflation is factored in, Tim Burton / Johnny Depp / Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland, which raked in $116.1 million in March 2010, has likely fallen behind Man of Steel.)
And finally, Man of Steel remains far behind Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 3, which opened with $174.14 million in early May 2013. Also, in number of ticket sales, the gap separating the original Iron Man from Man of Steel is now narrower – but it's still there. Without the advantage of 3D surcharges, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man debuted with $98.68 million (excluding $3.5 million from Thursday previews) in May 2008 —- or $109 million today. (Check out: “Man of Steel vs. Iron Man, and Man of Steel international box office.”)
Henry Cavill leads Man of Steel cast
Besides Henry Cavill – who a few years ago “lost” the roles of Edward Cullen and James Bond to, respectively, Robert Pattinson and Daniel Craig – the Man of Steel cast features Amy Adams (The Master), Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind), Kevin Costner (JFK), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), and Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It),
Also: Ayelet Zurer, Dylan Sprayberry, Antje Traue, Christopher Meloni, Cooper Timberline, Harry Lennix, Mackenzie Gray, Richard Cretone, Richard Schiff, and Michael Kelly.
David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) was credited for the Man of Steel screenplay. Christopher Nolan is one of the producers of the Superman reboot.
Previous Superman movies
Directed by Bryan Singer, the 2006 Superman Returns features Brandon Routh (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs), James Marsden (Enchanted), Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sam Huntington, Kal Penn, Parker Posey, and Jack Larson.
Directed by Richard Donner, the 1978 Superman movie features Christopher Reeve (Deathtrap), Margot Kidder (The Amityville Horror), Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire), Gene Hackman (The French Connection), Jackie Cooper (Skippy), Susannah York (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?), Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter), Valerie Perrine (Can't Stop the Music), and Ned Beatty (Deliverance).
Also: Terence Stamp (The Collector), Maria Schell (Gervaise), Glenn Ford (Gilda), Phyllis Thaxter (Bewitched), Harry Andrews (The Ruling Class), and silent film veteran John Stuart (The Pleasure Garden).
Henry Cavill as Superman Man of Steel image: Warner Bros.