Man Of Steel hits big, presumably unlocks Man Of Steel 2
With nearly $200m already in the bank, Warner Bros' expensive reboot of Superman, Man Of Steel, is a gamble that it looks to have won...
It will have been champagnes all round at Warner Bros this past weekend as, contrary to the last time the studio attempted to reboot the franchise, it finaally has another huge hit Superman movie on its hands.
The box office take for Man Of Steel in the US alone is sat at $125m, following the $113m opening weekend that saw it have the biggest June opening of all time Stateside. Outside of America, Superman has hit too. The movie has pulled in another $71m - with a lot more territories yet to go on its global rollout - for a worldwide take of just shy of $200m and counting. The film's particularly soared in the UK.
To put things into perspective, that's not at the level of an Iron Man 3 or The Avengers, but it's still above where most expected Man Of Steel to land (and it's comfortably cleared the takings of Superman Returns' opening). It's a very big hit - one that may yet edge towards $1bn worldwide if word of mouth olds - and suggests that a Man Of Steel 2 could meet the higher end of Marvel-style numbers.
With all that in mind, given that Warner Bros was awaiting the results of Man Of Steel before formally pushing forward with Man Of Steel 2, it's going to take something drastic to stop there being a second film. The likelihood is that Justice League has been unlocked too.
As and when there's formal confirmation, we'll keep you posted. But Warner Bros now, finally, appears to be at the starting point proper for a Justice League universe on the big screen. And we've never been in a position to say that before...
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