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Man of Steel

(2013)

Director(s)
Stars
Michael Shannon
Diane Lane
Antje Traue
Harry Lennix
Richard Schiff
Christopher Meloni
Kevin Costner
Ayelet Zurer
Laurence Fishburne
Dylan Sprayberry
Cooper Timberline
Richard Cetrone
Mackenzie Gray
Julian Richings
Mary Black
Samantha Jo
Rebecca Buller
Christina Wren
David Lewis
Tahmoh Penikett
Doug Abrahams
Brad Kelly
David Paetkau
Elizabeth Thai
Ian Rozylo
Alessandro Juliani
Kwesi Ameyaw
Mike Dopud
Jack Foley
Jadin Gould
Robert Gerdisch
Ryan Mitchell
Alexa Gengelbach
Caroline Thomas
Stephanie Song
Coburn Goss
Lesley Bevan
Chad Krowchuk
Ian Tracey
Carmen Lavigne
Howard Siegel
Heidi Kettenring
Jacqueline Scislowski
Danny Coonley
Sally Elting
Joseph Cranford
Clint Carleton
Mark Gibbon
Stuart Ambrose
Tom Nagel
Jackson Berlin
George Canyon
Kyle Riefsnyder
Aaron Smolinski
Carla Gugino
Bruce Bohne
Rowen Kahn
Robert Moloney
Sean Campbell
Aaron Pearl
Rebecca Spence
Joe Minoso
Brian King
Madison Moran
Gabe Darley
Bridgett Newton
Revard Dufresne
Apollonia Vanova
Dan Aho
Ronald W. Gibbs
Chris Palermo
Edmundo Raul Sanchez
Nicholas W. von Zill
Allison Crowe
Nick Touchie
Eileen Touchie
Malcolm Scott
Brandon Berk
Benjamin Blankenship
Justin Butler
Lacy Katherine Campbell
Peter J. Chevalier
Roberta Chung
Mary Beth Dolan
Kelvin Felix
Victor Formosa
Elan Goldstein
Cynthia Rose Hall
Sam Hanover
Rob Kolinsky
Michael Kuster
Raj Lal
Dave LeBlanc
Ina Lereine
Trevor Lerner
Barbara Elizabeth Maleski
Samuel Meadows
Roy Metcalf
Johnny Otto
Carl Paoli
Salomon Passariello
Steven James Price
Diezel Ramos
Rondel Reynoldson
Juan Gabriel Ruiz
Ryan Stasell
James Tomlinson
Chas Valencia
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This week the flagging DC Cinematic Universe owned by Warner Bros. got a well needed kick start with Wonder Woman that not only got a fantastic opening weekend but also got good reviews.

For a new IP starring the little known Gal Gadot a £6.1 million opening is fantastic, although Chris Pine does brings some star power and the film easily takes over at the top of the UK box office.

Compared to the previous 2 films in the series, Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel it is far lower but the reviews have been far better and this film could have a good run ahead of it.

With Justice League coming on November this year it could be a good year for Warner and the DC property it so wants to be a rival to Marvel Cinematic Universe but is lacking to date.

Falling from the top to number 3 this week is Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge, a weekend take of £2 million brings the films total to £13 million.

Worth noting is for the week Monday - Sunday Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge would have still been number 1 with a weekly take of £7.7 million.

Also making its debut this week is Baywatch, a slapstick retelling of the 90s TV show, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zak Efron the film takes £4.6 million, not bad really but not good up against a superhero movie.

This week has Smurfs The Lost Village as the longest running film with 9 weeks while Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 is the top total grossing movie with £39.6 million after 6 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Warcraft made its debut at the top of the box office on its debut, and with a whole new top 3 X-Men Apocalypse fell to number 5.

Five years ago
Prometheus made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Men in Black 3 fell to number 3 on its second weekend of release.

Ten years ago
Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End spent a second weekend at the top while making its debut at 2 was Wedding Daze.

Fifteen years ago
Staring at the top was Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones for a third weekend while top new film was 40 Days and 40 Nights.

Twenty years ago
On its 5th weekend of release Liar Liar Went back to the top while the top new film was Absolute Power which entered at number 2, the previous weeks top film, Jungle 2 Jungle fell to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Waynes World stayed at the top for a second weekend with the top new film being Medicine Man at number 3.

As Warner Bros. unleash the next film in its expanding DC Universe hopes are high that Wonder Woman will kick it into high gear, and with a $223 million opening from 56 countries it can be considered a success.

With man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice not really setting the box office alight the way many had hoped we now have the DC movie the fans have been longing for as Wonder Woman pleases critics and fans alike.

After a week atop the global box office last week Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge falls to number 2 with $95.4 million from 55 countries, the films tepid reception with critics and fans has done the film no favours and it cant compete with a superhero juggernaut.

We will have to see if this means a slow down or end to the series, Disney has got used to $1 billion plus grosses for the series and this will most likely come no-where near that figure at the film reaches the half billion mark globally.

Making a decent debut at number 4 is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, $24.2 million from 9 countries isn't bad for a film with little hype.

There was just one major release this week there which basically means there was inevitably going to be a new film making its debut at the top, and as predicted Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does just that.

Continuing the DC Cinematic Universe that was started in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice this film does something the Marvel/Disney have not yet dared, put the bad guys front and centre.

And audiences have lapped this up with Suicide Squad topping the UK box office with an excellent £11.2 million, nearly as big as the much more anticipated Batman V Superman from March.

That superhero movie sank quickly at the box office so we'll be watching things closely to see if it does similar.

Worth noting is that if the chart listing was taken over the whole week then Finding Dory would sit at the top with £12 million.

Highest total grossing on this weeks top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed over £32 million, while longest stay on the box office is The Angry Birds Movie with 11 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Fantastic Four reboot made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation down to number 2.

Five years ago
Four weeks in and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still number 1 leaving JJ Abrams Super 8 to debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
TV show turned movie Miami Vice made its debut at the top knocking Cars down to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Jurassic Park III from the top which fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Twister remained at the top for a second week leaving James and The Giant Peach to make its debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was at top for another week while the top new film came in at number 2 in the shape of Backdraft.

As expected the movie version of Mrs. Browns Boys took the top spot at the UK box office, and with quite a strong margin over the rest.

On it's debut weekend Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie took an incredible £4.3 million, far higher than expected and proving that the Irish sit-com has quite a following.

I suspect that this is a fairly front loaded event and we could see it fall quite sharply, I dont think it has the lasting appeal of movie like The Inbetweeners Movie.

Falling to the runner up spot this week is The Fault in our stars which made £1.7 million from the weekend bringing it's 10 day gross to £6.7 million.

Other new film to chart this week are:
Chef at 5
How to Train Your Drans 2 (still only on previews) at 6
Walking on Sunshine at 7
Cold in July at 11
Ek Villain at 12
Punjab 1984 at 13

This time last year Despicable Me 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut week of release, it would go on to be the top film in the UK of 2013, it knocked Man of Steel into 2nd place.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was still the top film in the UK and Year One with Jack Black was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago it was still Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the top while the top new film of the week was Tom Hanks on Lady Killers at 4.

Fifteen years ago Brendan Fraser made a big screen comeback in The Mummy which debuted at the top of the box office knocking The Matrix into the runner up spot after only a week.

There were a trio of big new releases this week and as expected The Fault in Our stars hit the top, the other two didn't perform any where near expectations.

Based on the novel of the same name The Fault in Our Stars is a teenage love story and a tragedy. Directed by Josh Boone who previously directed Stuck in Love from 2003 and starring Shailene Woodley.

Taking £3.4 million from the weekend it knocks 22 Jump Street into the number 2 spot after 2 weeks at the top, Jump Street has taken £12.7 million to date.

Under performing and new at 6 this week is the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys. Taking just £415,608 on it's debut this could be set to be one of Eastwood's worst performing films.

Also not doing as well as expected is Kevin Costner's return to the big screen in 3 Days to Kill. The McG directed film only managed £324,560 over the weekend.

This time last year Man of Steel kept it's place at the top leaving World War Z to debut in the runner up spot.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made a debut at the top knocking off The Hangover from it's debut position at the top.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban stayed at the top leaving Mean Girls to make it's debut at three with The Day After Tomorrow staying at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was refusing to shift off the top and the highest new film was Cruel Intentions at three.

It was a largely static week this week at the Uk box office, no surprise as there was no big new release and the FIFA World Cup started with England's first game on Saturday night.

With all that going on it was a surprise to see 22 Jump Street retain the top spot with a weekend gross of £2.2 million, this brings the films total to £9.8 million after 10 days of release.

Maleficent, X-Men Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow all stayed in their respective places for another week with only Maleficent taking over a million pound from those 3.

Highest new film of the week goes to Oculus which took a less than expected £413 thousand, although there were previews of How to Train Your Dragon 2 which beat it with £519 thousand, this wont count on this chart and go to their debut in a few weeks.

Other new films this week are
Belle at 7
Devils Knot at 10

This time last year Man of Steel too the top spot on it;s debut weekend of release knocking After Earth to the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hangover surprised all and hot the top spot on it's debut and knocked Terminator Salvation into second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still the top film and with a fairly still top 5 Connie and Carla was the top new film at 5.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was the top new film of the week making it's debut at the top knocking Notting Hill into second place.

A couple of big new releases this week hit UK cinemas, both actually opened before Friday but will impact the weekend box office chart.

Now You See Me has a host of big names, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and not forgetting our own Michael Caine. The story is a bank heist, of sorts, by a group of magicians.

Not much buzz or excitement around this film, it opens on a Wednesday but with little excitement it will probably have a top 5 entry.

The Internship is a Google based film about a couple of “old people” who win an internship at the search giants. Everyone who works there is very young and the 2 older guys do their best to win favour and do a good job.

Starring 2 massive comedy names in Vince Vaughn and Own Wilson, and a massive advertising campaign this could see a good opening weekend, not strong enough to displace Despicable Me 2 and I think it may struggle with Man of Steel but 3rd place entry.

Come back next week to see if I came close to predicting the entries of these 2 films.

Despicable Me 2 tops the UK box office on it's opening weekend and has the best weekend of the year so far, and grossing more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Displacing Man of Steel from the top after 2 weeks, Despicable Me 2 came close to grossing £15 million on it's opening weekend beating the year best of Iron Man 3 by more than a million pound.

Also new this week in the top 10 are This is the End at 4 and Hummingbird at 5.

Inline with my predictions for the weekend Despicable Me 2 did indeed top the charts and This is the End had a top 5 entry. Hummingbird entered in the top 5 and although I predicted that I thought a top 10 was more likely.

Last year new at the top of the box office, and knocking Prometheus from the top was Ice Age 2, on limited release it still managed to top the chart with £800,000.

Five years ago it was all change, The Hulk sunk to third place as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian topped the chart and Wanted landed at two.

Ten years ago there was also a change as Jim Carey starred in Bruce Almighty knocking 2 Fast 2 Furious into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago there was no change at the top as City of Angels hung on, the highest new film at 3 was Mimic.

Despite the threat of World War Z at UK multiplexes last weekend the Man of Steel manages to hold himself at the top.

Superman entered it's second weekend of release in a good position with after a strong opening weekend and managed a good £5 million take which not only kept it at the top but also brings it's total to over £21 million.

Entering this week in the runner up spot is Brad Pitt fighting Zombies in World War Z which took £4.5 million, coming close to Superman.

As I predicted World War Z wasn't strong enough to knock Man of Steel from the top spot.

Last year Lincoln was new at the top, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that is, debuting on it's first week of release knocking Men in Black 3 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hulk was still the top film on it's second week of release while British indie film Adulthood was the top new film at 4.

Ten years ago sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious was new at the top of the chart knocking The Matrix Reloaded into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan were at the top with City of Angels displacing The Wedding Singer from the top.

Nothing could stop the Man of Steel from taking the top of the UK box office this week as Zack Snyers new take on Superman enters at the top.

We all saw it coming, like a speeding bullet perhaps, the re-imagined Superman franchise achieved big numbers last weekend. During it's opening weekend it took £11.2 million in Britain making it the 36 best opening weekend ever in the UK. After Earth falls into second place, not bad considering the bad reviews it's had.

Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the UK box office and during a quiet week for new releases Rocks of Ages was the highest new film at 4.

Five years go Sex and the City got knocked from the top spot into 2nd as The Incredible Hulk took over during it's opening weekend.

Ten years ago it was still all about The Matrix Reloaded riding the top spot while the highest new film was Identity at 3.

Fifteen years ago it was still The Wedding Singer at the top, and with almost no new films out that week the highest new film was Stiff Upper Lips right down at 10.

New films to hit the UK multiplexes this week and the Superman reboot Man of Steel and Joss Whedon's follow up to Avengers Assemble, Much Ado About Nothing.

A firm favorite with comic book fans, the all American hero is back in cinemas this week with Man of Steel. Zack Snyder reboot of the franchise moves away from the comic book idea portrayed by Christopher Reeves and the attempted revival by Bryan Singer and give the story a grittier real feel.

After Buffy, Firefly and the mega film Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon has turn his attention to Shakespeare, and Black and White. This modern re-telling of the classic has been well received by critics but has a small release this weekend.

The 2 different versions are, one has a voice over from Kevin Costner, and one from Russell Crowe, Superman's 2 fathers.

New Superman film shaping up nicely, new cast, director and direction

We all remember the 2006 Superman movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh, yes that's right it was rubbish. Now the franchise is in new hands it looks like director Zach Synder has got the right idea.

In an interview with Hero Complex the director is looking at the film as if there had been no film before it, yay, maybe Singer should have done the same.

Singer tried to do a sequel to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve film and on the whole it failed, now Synder is looking at doing a “reboot” of the franchise. I know this is a term which is bantered about a lot but this is one franchise, like Batman before it, that really needs to be looked at again, or left alone completely but that's a discussion for another day, the day after this Superman hit cinemas.

On board for the new film is British star of television series The Tudors Henry Cavill who will play the very American Superman, also on board is Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who will play Clark Kent's parents. It's also been rumoured that Viggo Mortensen will play General Zod in the film which goes a long way to revealing where the story will go.

Snyder is just wrapped Sucker Punch and is going into pre-production for The Man of Steel now with an expected release date of 2012.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 7

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
1 / N
£11,198,786
1 / ▼▲
£5,073,356
2 / 
£2,433,576
5 / 
£802,763
7 / 
£278,607
8 / 
£134,325
10 / 
£78,014
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £29,764,997 and the 108th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $661,021,565 and the 98th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: 12

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