Man Of Steel is on pace to be one of the year’s highest grossing films after a record-breaking opening weekend in which the film raked in over $125 million, breaking the record previously held by Toy Story 3.
The film is also the fourth biggest non-sequel opening in history, behind only The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland, and Spider-Man. 2013’s best opening weekend is still held by Iron Man 3, which brought in $175.3 million.
An outstanding weekend comes as no surprise considering Superman’s reboot was one of the most anticipated films of 2013, but even the most optimistic Warner Bros. executives probably didn’t predict numbers quite this big.
The biggest positive to the opening weekend figures for fans is now Warner Bros. has fast-tracked a Man Of Steel sequel and it may be coming to theaters as early as 2014. While that may seem like the project is being rushed, there’s no doubt the studio wants to keep cashing in on their hero while the demand is at its highest.
The numbers for Man Of Steel aren’t likely to slow down too much either, though the film will face competition this upcoming weekend from Monsters University and the long-awaited World War Z. Man Of Steel is currently outpacing 2008’s The Dark Knight, which ultimately brought in a total of over $1 billion.
While critics are divided on whether Man Of Steel is finally the film Superman deserved, Warner Bros. isn’t green-lighting movies to get a solid Tomatometer score. The goal, from a studio perspective, is to make money. If critics like it, that’s merely a plus that will help bring in more cash. The fact that Man Of Steel is raking in the dough bodes very well for DC fans, as it means more movies are on the way and on the way fast.
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