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Man of Steel scores biggest June opening of all-time in US

Man of Steel

Story by Jack Foley

ZACK Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel has scored the highest June opening of all time in the US, raking in $125.1 million.

The superhero tentpole debuted to $113.1 million at the Father’s Day box office and rose to $125.1 million after factoring in the $12 million grossed from Thursday night special Walmart screenings.

Either way, Man of Steel eclipsed the previous June record-holder, Toy Story 3, which debuted to $110.3 million in June 2010.

A delighted Dan Fellman, Warner Bros president of domestic distribution, commented: “The movie is a perfect blend of a superhero who reaches not only the fanboy audience but the family audience as well, with great results from both.”

Elsewhere, end-of-the-world comedy This Is The End, which marked the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, took a five-day total of $32.8 million, easily making its $32 million budget back.

The R-rated comedy, which finds its cast playing different versions of themselves as the apocalypse hits, stars Rogen opposite Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson.

The film is based on a short film created by Rogen and Baruchel in 2007 titled Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse.

Magician heist thriller Now You See Me placed third in its third weekend with $10.3 million for a domestic total of $80 million, Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 came fourth with an estimated $9.4 million and The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, rounded out the top five with $8.2 million.

In The Purge‘s case, the indie thriller has now taken $51.4 million in just two weeks on release – 17 times the film’s $3 million production budget.

Fast & Furious 6, meanwhile, hit $636.9 million in global grosses to become the No. 1 title in the action franchise, beating the $628 million earned by Fast Five. Its US total now stands at $219.6 million.

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