'Man of Steel' Flies High

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Welcome to the Box Office Report, where Superman can leap over buildings in a single bound and melt glaciers with his gaze, but he still has to call Batman to open this darn pickle jar.

1. Man of Steel (Warner): $113.1 million in 4,207 million

Hey, so, a whole lot of people sat through this two and a half hour bad movie. Man of Steel's very successful opening weekend in the wake of a week of bad press for being not good and also kind of soulless was definitely a surprise. This was the second best opening of the summer. The only movie to have a better opening weekend was Iron Man 3. It's just another example of D.C. falling behind Marvel at the movie theater. But, who cares? This thing already has a sequel planned and will make a jillion dollars globally. Then, in three years, we'll get an equally bad and soulless sequel and the same thing will happen because people won't remember how bad this one is. The movies are just magical. 

2. This Is The End (Sony): $20.5 million in 3,055 theaters

There's apparently a real funny movie out this summer, unlike The Hangover 3, which was a fake funny movie. This one will actually make you laugh so hard you get a pain in your side and leave the theater with a smile on your face. It will probably also get three or four sequels. They can just ignore the whole world ending bit. It's not that big of a deal.

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3. Now You See Me (Lionsgate): $10.3 million in 3,082 theaters [Week 3]

Is Now You See Me's sustained success because of Jesse Eisenburg's adorable boy-next-door good looks or people gravitating towards Morgan Freeman's general greatness? It's neither! People jsut really like magic. 

4. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal): $9.4 million in 3,375 theaters [Week 4]

I don't expect another movie audience to break out in spontaneous applause as much as the audience for Fast 6 did. That says a lot about the quality of the film and also the people in the audience at a Fast 6 showing. 

5. The Purge (Universal): $8.2 million in 2,591 theaters [Week 2]

Welp, that lasted long. The Purge suffered a 76 percent plunge within a week. Maybe that sequel was a little hasty. All sequels are hasty, but, really, that one seems like a bad idea in retrospect. A whole week in theaters can really illuminate things. If there's a lesson in this week's Box Office Report, it's that sequels are the worst. 

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