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'Man of Steel' 2013: Superman Breaks Box Office Record With $113M Opening

Image: 'Man of Steel' 2013: Superman Breaks Box Office Record With $113M Opening Henry Cavill, star of the film, 'Man of Steel.'

By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 17 Jun 2013 11:44 AM

"Man of Steel" blew away the competition at the box office this weekend, bringing in more than $113 million for the traditional weekend ticket sales, plus an additional $12 million from corporate screenings last Thursday.

The film, which is a reboot of the "Superman" film series of the late 1970s and 1980s that starred Christopher Reeve as Superman, proved to be the largest June opening of all time, breaking the previously held record of $110.3 million set by "Toy Story 3" in 2010, NBC News reported.

Overall, "Man of Steel" was the fourth biggest nonsequel opening in history, behind "The Hunger Games," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Spider-Man," MTV notes.

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The only other movie this year to gross more in its opening weekend was "Iron Man 3," which earned $175.3 in its debut in May, and was the second largest of all time.

The comic-action flick opened up at 4,207 locations, with more than 56 percent of tickets being purchased by men and 44 percent by women, according to CNN.

In "Man of Steel," Henry Cavill of "Immortals" plays the DC Comics superhero as he comes to terms with his superhuman abilities on Earth as a young man. Eventually he settles into a reporter position at the Daily Planet newspaper as his alter ego, the straight-laced and often socially inept reporter Clark Kent.

Cavill is joined on the big screen by Amy Adams, who plays Superman's love interest Lois Lane, as well as Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Laurence Fishburne, who plays the no-nonsense Daily Planet editor Perry White.

Actor Russell Crowe takes the place of big-screen legend Marlon Brando in his role of Jor-El, Superman's father.

The film was directed by Zack Snyder of "300" and "Watchmen" fame, and produced by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the "Dark Night" series.

After "Man of Steel," the second highest grossing film over the weekend was the comedy "This is the End" at $20.5 million, followed by "Now You See Me" at $10.3 million, "Fast & Furious 6" at $9.4 million, and "The Purge" at $8.2 million.

Having received an "A-" grade from CinemaScore, the self-described industry leader in measuring movie appeal among theatre audiences, Twitter reactions to "Man of Steel" appeared to be overwhelmingly positive.

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