Man of Steel box office: Superman 2013 reboot likely to break June domestic record — sort of (Photo: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in Man of Steel)
Man of Steel will quite likely — sort of — break the June record at the North American box office this weekend, according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. Things started out quite well for the $225 million-budgeted 2013 Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Clark Kent aka Superman: on Thursday evening at the US/Canada box office, Man of Steel grossed an estimated $12 million, plus $9 million at Thursday midnight shows. That’s quite a bit better than Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which opened with $15.6 million from Thursday evening / midnight shows in early May.
The current opening-weekend-in-June record officially belongs to Lee Unkrich’s Disney / Pixar-distributed, Tom Hanks-voiced Toy Story 3, which scored $110.3 million in early June 2010, or approximately $111 million adjusted for inflation. However, once inflation is taken into account (as it always should) Toy Story 3 is actually behind Alfonso Cuarón / Daniel Radcliffe’s fantasy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which collected $93.68 million in 2004, or about $120 million today.