It's no surprise that "Man of Steel" saw a sizable Father's Day boost. After all, Superman had two dads.
Weekend grosses for the Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures blockbuster, at $116.7 million, came in 3% higher than previously estimated ($113.1 million). Warners had projected "Man of Steel" would make $32.7 million on Sunday alone. Instead, the film grossed $36.3 million, lifting the pic's Stateside tally to $128.7 million, including late-night Thursday grosses.
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Warners bowed "Man of Steel" in 24 overseas territories, from which it collected a revised $73.3 million, for a global tally just beyond $200 million.
The Father's Day boost adds to the pic's already commanding market share, at around 60%. That is an impressive contribution since overall totals came in more than 50% higher than this time last year.
"Man of Steel" stars Henry Cavill as the hulking superhero. Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe play his adoptive and alien birth father, respectively.
Sony's R-rated comedy "This Is the End" also bowed this weekend, earning an estimated $32.8 million in five days. Likewise, "This Is the End" was expected to see a strong Father's Day (Sony will release revised grosses later this morning).