‘Man of Steel’ Opening Big

People seem to really like this Superman guy.

Numbers for early Thursday night Man of Steel box office opening domestic showings have rolled in, with the film raking in about $21M in one night. Not sure how many theaters comprised that number versus a full U.S. opening today, but I am grumbling a bit because there was no Thursday night or Friday midnight showing in my neck of the woods. Grumble. Nope, no early Wal-Mart, WB or midnight screenings for this guy – which is where that $21M came from. This ranks Man of Steel 3rd all-time behind Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight Rises for highest late-night opening grosses.

All signs are pointing right now to an $80-$100M Man of Steel box office opening weekend, which is not too shabby. Warner Bros. is hoping for the high-end but stating expectations at the low-end right now. The studio’s faith may have been shaken slightly as they watched the Tomatometer fall from the high 90% range down to the high 50s (sitting at 58% as of this writing) as more reviews started rolling in. Audience approval currently sits at 82% for those tracking at home. All jokes about grouchy, out-of-touch critics aside, this type of opening bodes well for future sequels and that Justice League thing everybody keeps talking about.

Source: Deadline

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