FRIDAY UPDATE: Film Business Asia is reporting big opening day numbers for Man of Steel in China. The Superman reboot took in $5.58 million from its opening day and an additional $388k from midnight screenings. The early total is below the blockbuster $17 million opening day of Iron Man 3.
MONDAY UPDATE: Revised figures from Warner Brothers indicate that Man of Steel broke the $200 million mark over the weekend. The North American debut for the Superman reboot exceeded expectations by taking in $128.7 million, up from Sunday's $125 million estimate.
The overseas grosses also came in higher than originally reported. New figures from Warner Brothers point to a $73.3 million debut for Man of Steel outside of North America. The Superman reboot grossed $202.1 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
SUNDAY REPORT: Warner Brothers is reporting a $71.6 million take from 24 overseas markets for Man of Steel, bringing the Superman reboot to a $196.6 million opening weekend on the global stage.
Man of Steel is lined up to overtake the franchise's previous attempt to rebrand itself, Bryan Singer's Superman Returns from 2006. Superman Returns grossed $200 million in North America and $191 million overseas for a $391 million global cume.
The $125 million brought in by Man of Steel in its North American debut opened the gate for one of the summer's hottest premieres. The film broke the record for the biggest June opening of all time in North America, running away with a $29,731 average from 4,207 locations. Man of Steel has proved popular with audiences' tastes as well, boasting an A- CinemaScore that suggests staying power at the North American box office.
IMAX confirmed a $13.3 million global take from 331 locations around the world, making Man of Steel the highest June opening in history for an IMAX release. The opening day IMAX gross for the film overseas was $4.2 million from 79 screens, also a June record. The estimated weekend global total for Man of Steel in IMAX theaters is expected to be $17.5 million.
The early overseas numbers from individual territories are also indicating a strong start abroad for the superhero film. Warner Brothers rolled out Man of Steel day-and-date in only three major global markets: the United Kingdom, Mexico, and South Korea.
Man of Steel is claiming a $17.1 million opening weekend from the United Kingdom, comparable to the great debut Iron Man 3 earlier this summer. Superman's latest big screen adventure became the third highest Warner Brothers opening weekend in Mexico with a $9.8 million take. South Korea rounded out the top markets for the superhero film, bringing in $8.8 million.
The first overseas territory to report numbers was the Philippines, posting an extraordinary $1,657,532 opening day gross across 466 screens on Wednesday to become the biggest opening day performance in the country's history. The Superman reboot recorded 347,626 admissions in its first day in the Philippines and took over 90% of the market share. It went on become the highest Warner Brothers opening weekend in the territory with a $5.6 million take despite monsoon weather conditions.
India came in with a $3.5 million opening weekend, making it WB's second largest opening there behind The Dark Knight Rises. Malaysia added another $3 million to the overseas cume and the film posted the biggest opening weekend for a WB release in the United Arab Emirates with a $2 million gross.
Man of Steel is slated to open in an additional 26 markets next weekend, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Spain. Australia will see a June 27 premiere for the Superman film. It will also open in Brazil on July 12 and Japan on August 30.
After Earth had a strong opening weekend to unseat Fast & Furious 6 from the top position at the Mexican box office. The sci-fi film averaged $3,387 from 1,561 screens for a $5.2 million debut. Fast & Furious 6 broke the $30 million mark with a $3 million weekend across a market-leading 1,725 screens. Fast & Furious 6 has a $31.5 million cume in Mexico. The weekend was otherwise slow, with The Great Gatsby failing to reach $1 million in its second weekend. Gatsby has stalled in Mexico with $3.7 million after two weeks in release.
Box Office Results for Mexico. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
After Earth did just enough to end out on top of the U.K. box office in its opening weekend, nearly doubling the weekend take of The Hangover Part III with a market-leading $3.5 million gross. The $5,202 average from 673 screens was enough to take advantage of a release window that presented little competition; only three other new releases made it into the top ten through limited release.
The Hangover Part III is no less of a blockbuster despite signing off on its #1 spot in its third week. The comedy has grossed a $24.6 million cume in the U.K. Fast & Furious 6 placed third on the podium with a $1.3 million weekend, taking its total gross to $35.3 million.
Epic and The Great Gatsby both brought in $1 million each to place just above the middle of the table. The animated film is riding a number of strong hold-over performances, but it looks like its $17 million cume won't be seeing any significant changes in the coming weeks. Gatsby is celebrating crossing the $20 million mark after four weeks in theaters.
The Purge has been unable to find the same success in the U.K. than it has in North America. The low-budget thriller has grossed $3.4 million in two weeks, more than enough in comparison to its reported $3 million budget, but nowhere near the numbers the film has grossed domestically.
The big story coming from the U.K. is the ongoing success of Star Trek Into Darkness. The sci-fi sequel has grossed $37.1 million of its $176.4 million overseas cume in the United Kingdom. This was the first weekend where the film grossed under $1 million, dropping 52% from its previous frame. The Man of Steel release might push it further down the chart, but it's markets like the U.K. that have been able to allow the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise to outgross its predecessor.
Box Office Results for the United Kingdom. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013
The Hangover Part III won the top spot at the box office in Spain for the second consecutive week, bringing in $1.3 million to reach a $4.7 million cume. Fast & Furious 6 fell 48% in its third week, grossing $1.1 million. The weekend take was enough for the action film, which passed the $10 million mark. Its performance has it on pace to surpass Iron Man 3's $12.7 million and become the highest grossing live-action film of the summer. It still won't be enough to beat The Croods, however, which has grossed a massively successful $17.9 million cume after 12 weeks in release.
Box Office Results for Spain. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
After Earth couldn't muster enough excitement in Italy to open above The Hangover Part III. The adult-themed comedy continued its run atop the Italian box office with a $2.9 million weekend, falling 63% from its opening take. The Hangover Part III has become a rapid success in Italy with a $13.4 million cume. The overseas total for the comedy now stands at $170.4 million, giving new life to a film that has struggled to perform in North America. After Earth was less lucky, taking in $2.3 million for second place after opening in 442 screens. After Earth has an overseas total of $49 million that will continue to grow as the film expands worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 suffered a steep 70% drop in its third week but won't be complaining after posting a $15.8 million total in Italy. The car caper film took the fourth spot in last weekend's top ten, a position above The Great Gatsby in its fourth week. Gatsby is still just outside the $10 million mark in Italy, currently boasting a comfortable $9 million total a month into its release.
Box Office Results for Italy. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.