Box Office Guru Wrapup: Man of Steel Sets June Record

This Is the End follows at #2, and Now You See Me holds on to #3.

This weekend, Superman was reborn at the box office as the big-budget gamble Man of Steel paid off handsomely with a spectacular opening weekend in North America plus impressive launches overseas in only a portion of the international marketplace. The Warner Bros. summer tentpole grossed an estimated $113.1M domestically, breaking the record for the biggest June opening ever. Adding in $12M from Thursday night group sales led by Walmart's promotion for 7:00pm shows, the total stood at a stellar $125.1M. The Friday-to-Sunday portion for the PG-13 film averaged a muscular $26,879 from 4,207 theaters including 331 IMAX screens. Toy Story 3 held the June record since 2010 with $110.3M.

The 3.5-day performance exceeded the extended seven-day holiday opening of 2006's reboot Superman Returns which amounted to $108.1M during the week leading up to Independence Day. That mega-budgeted film eventually inched its way into the double century club ending with $200.1M but was seen as a creative and commercial disappointment which failed to lead to a new franchise being born. The new reboot may match the last one's gross by the end of next weekend.

Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder with Henry Cavill taking on the title role and also featured an Oscar-caliber cast including Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon and Laurence Fishburne. Christopher Nolan, who successfully rebooted the Batman franchise for the studio, produced Steel and lent much to the box office pull of the film. After getting the origin story out of the way in 2005's Batman Begins, grosses soared even higher for the next two chapters leading to a $2.5 billion global trilogy, so it was crucial for Warner Bros. to relaunch Superman in a way that brought in the masses.

Reviews were mixed but paying audiences gave the super hero flick an encouraging A- grade from CinemaScore. Friday debuted to $44.1M including $9M in midnight shows. Saturday fell an understandable 18% to $36.3M while Sunday was projected to dip by only 10% to $32.7M thanks to the Father's Day holiday. Much of the film's story involves Superman's two dads from Krypton and Earth and how they molded him.

Studio research showed that Man of Steel skewed towards men as expected with 56% being male. But that made for a better female turnout than usual for a comic book pic. Iron Man 3 and Avengers were both 61% male and last summer's Spider-Man reboot played 58% male. The stronger cross-gender appeal could allow it to play well over the coming weeks especially with the Fourth of July holiday around the corner.

3,350 theaters offered a 3D option with those screens accounting for 41% of the gross. With conversions, even for effects-driven action pictures, audiences nowadays typically prefer the original 2D version at regular prices instead. IMAX venues contributed 12% of the total gross with $13.3M and a sturdy average of $40,181 since Thursday night. Tickets cost as much as $21.50 to experience Man of Steel in IMAX 3D in New York City. Massive cross-promotions with brand partners helped to drive in business too for the event film.

The international launch for Man of Steel was also quite strong even though many top markets open later. The weekend saw $71.6M from 24 markets led by the U.K., Mexico, and Korea which were the only majors to open this week. 27 new countries will launch next weekend including key territories like France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia and China so Man of Steel has much more ahead this summer. But so far, the first weekend delivered $196.7M in global sales.

Opening far behind in second place was the new doomsday comedy This is the End with an estimated $20.5M over three days and $32.8M since its launch on Tuesday night with 7:00pm shows. It was a respectable opening for the Sony release especially considering the distraction Clark Kent had over the target audience of young men. Playing in 3,055 locations, the raunchy R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Jay Baruchel averaged $6,710 over the Friday-to-Sunday period. The full gross was below the $41.3M five-day debut of Pineapple Express in August 2008 which was from many of the same team members.

Reviews were very solid for End but the CinemaScore grade was a B+ which is commendable, not glowing. The road ahead features plenty of new action movies which will continue to lure in young men so it will not be easy. But Rogen and company hope that word-of-mouth will help it reach many more moviegoers over the weeks ahead, especially those who want a rowdy laugh and are all actioned out. Studio research showed that the crowd was 60% male and 52% over 25. With a $32M production budget and marketing costs not in the same league as summer tentpoles, the comedy should turn out to be a moneymaker regardless of how it plays overseas.

Holding steady in third place was Lionsgate's heist thriller Now You See Me with an estimated $10.3M, down 46%, for a robust cume to date of $80M. Now the top-grossing installment of the franchise, Universal's Fast & Furious 6 followed with an estimated $9.4M dropping 52% pushing the domestic tally to a muscular $219.6M. Worldwide, it's also the highest-grossing Furious flick with a total now of $636.9M and still growing.

Last week's top film The Purge got beaten down tumbling a frightening 76% to an estimated $8.2M. The micro-budgeted $3M pic has nonetheless raked in a healthy $52M in ten days for Universal. The Fox comedy The Internship fell a troubling 60% in its second weekend to an estimated $7M putting the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson pic at a disappointing $31M.

Dropping 50% to an estimated $6M in its fourth round was the animated film Epic which has collected $95.4M to date for Fox. Star Trek Into Darkness followed with an estimated $5.7M, off 51%, for an impressive $210.5M for Paramount.

The summer's most notable flop so far, Will Smith's critically panned father-son sci-fi adventure After Earth, crumbled 65% to an estimated $3.8M for a lousy $54.2M cume to date for the pricey $130M gamble. Flirting with the quadruple century mark, Iron Man 3 rounded out the top ten with an estimated $2.9M in its seventh weekend, down 50%. Disney has grossed $399.6M to date and $1.2 billion globally.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $186.8M which was up a stellar 55% from last year when Madagascar 3 remained at number one with $34.1M; and up 29% from 2011 when Green Lantern debuted in the top spot with $53.2M.

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Jun 16 - 05:19 PM

Will M.

William Malere

congrats, no one cares

Jun 16 - 05:53 PM

Laura  P.

Laura Porter

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Jun 19 - 03:44 PM

Nellie  D.

Nellie Dolly

thanks for the heads up. im going to jump at that

Jun 27 - 12:43 PM

Ash Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

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Jun 29 - 02:40 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Seems Ricky Bobby was wrong, you can be first and still be last.

Jun 16 - 08:35 PM

Will M.

William Malere

congrats, no one cares

Jun 16 - 05:53 PM

Laura  P.

Laura Porter

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, www.Bling6.com

Jun 19 - 03:44 PM

Nellie  D.

Nellie Dolly

thanks for the heads up. im going to jump at that

Jun 27 - 12:43 PM

Ash Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

WOAH. FORREALS?!?!? SIGN ME UP!


I'm just fucking with you. Don't let apps post on your behalf anymore.

Jun 29 - 02:40 AM

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores

Impressive performance, now lets see if WB can build on it. I'm doubtful about WB's ability to do a wonder woman movie, and another batman reboot will be a though sale. A justice league movie/ A DC Cinematic franchise is still far away.

Jun 16 - 05:59 PM

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark

A wonder woman stand alone movie seems impossible.

Jun 16 - 07:36 PM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Why? Not every movie -- even comic book movie -- need a massive budget. No reason why a $80 million dollar Wonder Woman couldn't make a bundle of money.

Jun 16 - 08:06 PM

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores

Well, sure if you keep the budget low enough A WW movie could make some money, but clearly WB's long term goal is to have a DC franchise that rivals Marvels, and to pull that off the Wonder Woman movie would have to do more then make money, it would need to be of actuall quality. I don't think there's any one at WB with the creative vision to pull that off

Jun 16 - 08:47 PM

Lyle Bandoquillo

Lyle Bandoquillo

Man of Steel had little too much testosterone and could have used a bit of Avenegrs' humour, but definitely an awesome film despite a few cheesy dialogue in the beginning. And props to Nolan/Goyer for taking the sci-fi/space opera route -- perfectly executed.

Jun 16 - 06:26 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Man no love for Snyder. I love how Nolan gets all the credit.

Jun 16 - 06:58 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

No one understands how Nolan had little to do with this film. Shame.

Jun 16 - 07:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Only anyone who watched it, the absence of Nolan is painfully obvious and I agree that is a shame.

Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Its a shame that I liked it better than most of Nolan's films.

Jun 16 - 07:28 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

It'd be a shame that you had such poor taste if you weren't just trollin'.

Jun 16 - 07:34 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Let's ask Yahoo Answers!

Jun 16 - 07:35 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Not trollin

Jun 16 - 08:46 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That's the problem with being a troll, on the off chance that you're not trolling no one believes you. Now, picture you trollin'.

Jun 16 - 09:11 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Snyder is destined to be a punching bag, no matter how good or bad his output is. I believe Man of Steel and Watchmen will both be looked back on much fonder a decade from now.

Jun 16 - 07:31 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

At least Man of Steel anyway.

Jun 16 - 09:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

How do you figure? How do you know that the grosses for the second installment of the "Man Of Steel" is going to perform better than this one since their was so much hype surrounding "the Man Of Steel" that while it did succeed some expectations for some it may not be enough to convince some of those other viewers to come back for the second!

And speaking of which, when you talk about over-the-top violence there's plenty of that to see in super hero films all the time with the only difference is that because they're super heroes they have an excuse to showcase plenty of 'that could never happen' action, but the thing is other action movies such as "The Fast And The Furious" can't be enjoyable to some super hero fanatics since they're not wearing a silly super hero costume, saying that there shouldn't be any difference making the point if "no" one had ever heard of the Iron Man, Superman or Spiderman for that matter from the comic book world would the reactions still be the same!

As far as I can see the only super hero films that contain any credibility to this genre are "Batman Begins" and "Superman: The Movie" the rest of the pact cannot hold by themselves up without any of the older super hero films watched first or seen from other formats such as comic books, TV or cartoons since I've often heard people talk about how faithful the characters are! The action genre is not what it used to be anymore after "The Last Stand" tanked since it's been handed over to CGI movies in general such as The Transformers and anything that's like it! Not bashing CGI by the way but I'm just saying that I'm disappointed that it has somehow lead to this where you can't make a stunt man filled movie anymore when the audience prefer to see all their actions scenes shown on CGI and blue screen!

Jun 19 - 04:12 PM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

I actually think Snyder is the only reason why the reviews slanted negative. The movie was fantastic -- a good case could be made that it's the best Supes film ever made. The only way I can possibly understand how so many critics could pan it is to toss it up to the fact that they just don't like or don't take Snyder seriously.

I suppose he deserves some of that scorn -- Sucker Punch was one of the worst movies that I've ever made. But while none of his movies (until Superman) were particularly great, Sucker Punch was the only that was truly bad.

Jun 16 - 08:10 PM

Brt E.

Brt Ethrdge

I'm right there with you. I think a large majority of negative reviews are from critics automatically grouping Snyder in with Michael Bay. Just like actors, directors can start out being horrible and get better over time.

Jun 17 - 04:57 AM

Jim Gronefeld

Jim Gronefeld

Same dog bit me. I usually agree with the critic, but some notable excpetions have been 300 and Watchmen, and now, MOS.

Jun 17 - 10:38 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

an argument can be made that it's the best supes film ever made? Challenge accepted. Let's hear your argument.

Jun 18 - 07:37 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, if Nolan's name wasn't attached to the project in the first place, would you or other people still have the same enthusiasm to seeing it on theatres, because as I recall the last "Superman" movie didn't exceed studio expectations which was why the whole Superman universe was reinvented again, and didn't Snyder's previous film "Sucker Punch" flop at the box office and critically! If "the Man Of Steel" only had just Snyder and Goyer, would it have made as much money as it did now without Nolan's name attached to the movie?

The other thing I want to point out is that Nolan's track record is better than Snyder's, Goyer's or anyone else meaning that theirs absolutely no comparison!

Jun 17 - 03:43 PM

Lyle Pollard

Lyle Pollard

Really hate that I paid for Man of Steel. Luckily, The Wolverine has a chance to wash the taste of it away in a couple of weeks.

Jun 16 - 06:29 PM

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark

Really? Did you pay to see The Hangover?

Jun 16 - 07:38 PM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

If you hated Man of Steel, but The Wolverine looks good (especially after how bad the last Wolverine movie was)... that just speaks to bad taste.

Jun 16 - 08:12 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

...or personal preference? Seriously, grow up. Stop insulting other's opinions with absolutely no base to back it up.

Jun 19 - 11:34 AM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

Hi! Welcome to the internet.

Jun 19 - 01:00 PM

Ash Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

The new one has a new director and screenwriter. Therefore you cannot tell what the new one will be like based off of the previous film.

Jun 29 - 02:41 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You are tasting the shit juices leaking out of your brain.

Jun 16 - 09:11 PM

Gianni Urrutia

Gianni Urrutia

hahahahaha... that was good!!! hahhaha

Jun 17 - 09:37 AM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

^ +1

Jun 19 - 01:00 PM

Joseph Brito

Joseph Brito

the wolverine does not look good! ninjas on bikes? really?

Jun 16 - 09:28 PM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Marvel fanboy....lol

Jun 17 - 06:17 AM

Josh M7

Joshua McLaughlin

Yeah, I hope that "The Wolverine" cleanses my palate too, Lyle.

Jun 17 - 08:22 AM

Gabriel Castellanos

Gabriel Castellanos

Oh, you poor misdirected soul.
When Wolverine doesnt wash off that taste, and youre done bashing on that movie too, what will you look forward to then?

Jun 17 - 10:28 AM

Dave J

Dave J

A super hero film is still a super hero film what's the difference- they both have total reliance of CGI!

Jun 17 - 12:00 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

Is this the best opening for a Zack Synder directed film?

I guess audiences ignored the mixed reviews and came out in droves (and mostly liked it). I do hope that when the inevitable sequel comes that it's better. I would have seen this film this weekend despite the reviews but since my paypal account was hacked I need to wait to get my funds returned :(. I'll see it on DVD at least if I don't get the chance to see it in theaters.

I have to say it's interesting how Man of Steel Stacks up next weekend with World War Z and Monster's University. The latter should do very well considering it's Pixar and the first family film in a long while, but I'm not sure about World War Z.

Jun 16 - 06:34 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

World War Z's performance is up the air; people either think it looks terrible or awesome, no in between.

Jun 16 - 07:33 PM

Gabriel Castellanos

Gabriel Castellanos

Isn't that the case with MOST (not all) people critiquing online regardless of the movies performance? Comments rich with the words: hate or love, awesome or terrible, garbage or masterpiece.

Jun 17 - 10:30 AM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

It is the best opening for a Zack Snider directed film by far, "300" was his best opening with 70 million but "MOS" obviously blew that number out the water. Next weekend will indeed tell us how good "MOS" legs will be at the box office. "Monsters University" will obviously be the no. 1 film next weekend, but as long as "MOS" hold it's on and can post a good solid second weekend that should bode pretty well for it's legs.

Jun 17 - 11:14 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Still waiting for the Shazam/Cpt Marvel film.......... I mean he's way cooler than Superman. He has all of Superman's powers with lightining!

Who wouldn't wanna see a Shazam film?

Jun 16 - 06:34 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

I wouldn't.

Jun 16 - 06:59 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He's the best Super hero. You obviously don't know a cool hero when you see one.

Jun 16 - 07:05 PM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Shazam is no where near popular enough to support an entire film. Maybe they could throw him in Justice League... but even that is a stretch. There are more popular characters to mine.

This is all doubly so when you consider that Shazam is a little hockey/silly for the universe... to the extent where it may be better to just leave him be for now instead of trying to recreate him in some darker, grittier version common to DC's movies in the Nolan era.

Jun 16 - 08:17 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

I bet that little kids who went to see Iron Man 1 didn't even know who he was. Shazam can especially relate to them because he is a 12 year old kid.

Jun 17 - 08:48 AM

Josh M7

Joshua McLaughlin

I'd go for a 'Shazam" film; you'd just need to keep it hopeful and light-hearted. It would be crucial to pick the right kid actor to play Billy Batson, as well, because otherwise the film would tank.

Jun 17 - 08:25 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

I liked the kid who played 13 year old Superman. I would say the kid from Looper, but he is too young.

Jun 17 - 08:50 AM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

Who is Shazam? I don't follow superheroes that closely.

Jun 19 - 01:01 PM

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

I knew it would do great, even though it wasn't a fantastic movie and could have used some humour, it was enjoyable enough.

Jun 16 - 06:58 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Aren't you too busy killing people to watch films?

Jun 16 - 07:05 PM

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

When I'm NOT watching movies, I do.

Jun 17 - 01:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Remember to take the time to review Huey Lewis and Genesis.

Jun 17 - 03:13 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Man no love for Snyder. I love how Nolan gets all the credit.

Jun 16 - 06:58 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

No one understands how Nolan had little to do with this film. Shame.

Jun 16 - 07:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Only anyone who watched it, the absence of Nolan is painfully obvious and I agree that is a shame.

Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Its a shame that I liked it better than most of Nolan's films.

Jun 16 - 07:28 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

It'd be a shame that you had such poor taste if you weren't just trollin'.

Jun 16 - 07:34 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Let's ask Yahoo Answers!

Jun 16 - 07:35 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Not trollin

Jun 16 - 08:46 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That's the problem with being a troll, on the off chance that you're not trolling no one believes you. Now, picture you trollin'.

Jun 16 - 09:11 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Snyder is destined to be a punching bag, no matter how good or bad his output is. I believe Man of Steel and Watchmen will both be looked back on much fonder a decade from now.

Jun 16 - 07:31 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

At least Man of Steel anyway.

Jun 16 - 09:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

How do you figure? How do you know that the grosses for the second installment of the "Man Of Steel" is going to perform better than this one since their was so much hype surrounding "the Man Of Steel" that while it did succeed some expectations for some it may not be enough to convince some of those other viewers to come back for the second!

And speaking of which, when you talk about over-the-top violence there's plenty of that to see in super hero films all the time with the only difference is that because they're super heroes they have an excuse to showcase plenty of 'that could never happen' action, but the thing is other action movies such as "The Fast And The Furious" can't be enjoyable to some super hero fanatics since they're not wearing a silly super hero costume, saying that there shouldn't be any difference making the point if "no" one had ever heard of the Iron Man, Superman or Spiderman for that matter from the comic book world would the reactions still be the same!

As far as I can see the only super hero films that contain any credibility to this genre are "Batman Begins" and "Superman: The Movie" the rest of the pact cannot hold by themselves up without any of the older super hero films watched first or seen from other formats such as comic books, TV or cartoons since I've often heard people talk about how faithful the characters are! The action genre is not what it used to be anymore after "The Last Stand" tanked since it's been handed over to CGI movies in general such as The Transformers and anything that's like it! Not bashing CGI by the way but I'm just saying that I'm disappointed that it has somehow lead to this where you can't make a stunt man filled movie anymore when the audience prefer to see all their actions scenes shown on CGI and blue screen!

Jun 19 - 04:12 PM

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

I actually think Snyder is the only reason why the reviews slanted negative. The movie was fantastic -- a good case could be made that it's the best Supes film ever made. The only way I can possibly understand how so many critics could pan it is to toss it up to the fact that they just don't like or don't take Snyder seriously.

I suppose he deserves some of that scorn -- Sucker Punch was one of the worst movies that I've ever made. But while none of his movies (until Superman) were particularly great, Sucker Punch was the only that was truly bad.

Jun 16 - 08:10 PM

Brt E.

Brt Ethrdge

I'm right there with you. I think a large majority of negative reviews are from critics automatically grouping Snyder in with Michael Bay. Just like actors, directors can start out being horrible and get better over time.

Jun 17 - 04:57 AM

Jim Gronefeld

Jim Gronefeld

Same dog bit me. I usually agree with the critic, but some notable excpetions have been 300 and Watchmen, and now, MOS.

Jun 17 - 10:38 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

an argument can be made that it's the best supes film ever made? Challenge accepted. Let's hear your argument.

Jun 18 - 07:37 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, if Nolan's name wasn't attached to the project in the first place, would you or other people still have the same enthusiasm to seeing it on theatres, because as I recall the last "Superman" movie didn't exceed studio expectations which was why the whole Superman universe was reinvented again, and didn't Snyder's previous film "Sucker Punch" flop at the box office and critically! If "the Man Of Steel" only had just Snyder and Goyer, would it have made as much money as it did now without Nolan's name attached to the movie?

The other thing I want to point out is that Nolan's track record is better than Snyder's, Goyer's or anyone else meaning that theirs absolutely no comparison!

Jun 17 - 03:43 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

I wouldn't.

Jun 16 - 06:59 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He's the best Super hero. You obviously don't know a cool hero when you see one.

Jun 16 - 07:05 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He's the best Super hero. You obviously don't know a cool hero when you see one.

Jun 16 - 07:05 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Aren't you too busy killing people to watch films?

Jun 16 - 07:05 PM

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

When I'm NOT watching movies, I do.

Jun 17 - 01:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Remember to take the time to review Huey Lewis and Genesis.

Jun 17 - 03:13 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

No one understands how Nolan had little to do with this film. Shame.

Jun 16 - 07:07 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Only anyone who watched it, the absence of Nolan is painfully obvious and I agree that is a shame.

Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Its a shame that I liked it better than most of Nolan's films.

Jun 16 - 07:28 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

It'd be a shame that you had such poor taste if you weren't just trollin'.

Jun 16 - 07:34 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Let's ask Yahoo Answers!

Jun 16 - 07:35 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Not trollin

Jun 16 - 08:46 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That's the problem with being a troll, on the off chance that you're not trolling no one believes you. Now, picture you trollin'.

Jun 16 - 09:11 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Only anyone who watched it, the absence of Nolan is painfully obvious and I agree that is a shame.

Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

Michael L.

Michael Leeman

Superb! Superb! Superb!

Jun 16 - 07:12 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Its a shame that I liked it better than most of Nolan's films.

Jun 16 - 07:28 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Good for Man of Steel, as well as This Is The End. Surprised how well Now You See Me is holding up.

Random question that I am not sure where to post elsewhere: who watched the Desolation of Smaug trailer? Smaug looks so awful! This is the point where I wish Del Toro would have directed it, because his imagination would have given one of the greatest dragons ever his due, not whatever the hell that thing in the trailer was.

Jun 16 - 07:30 PM

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark

Dragons look different?

Jun 16 - 07:39 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

You can get imaginative with the look of a dragon while keeping the basic principles in tact, which is just a flying lizard. I don't know, I just was imagining and hoping for one of the all-time great fantasy characters to get a very memorable and unique look. He looks very bland and uninspired, like Jackson and his effects team were tired of doing work on the movie so they went with a dragon that comes pre-made in an SFX program or something. The CGI on him was noticeably worse than the rest of the trailer, too. I also cannot imagine him speaking and it looking natural with the current design. As much as I was hoping they were going to avoid showing him in any promotional materials, I am glad they got it out of the way now so that the massive disappointment I feel about it does not hit me in the middle of the movie this December.

Jun 16 - 08:42 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

They probably aren't finished touching up the dragon, relax.

Jun 16 - 09:14 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I must have seen a different trailer, as it didn't show Smaug flying. It didn't look too bad to me. I don't think they wanted to scare the kids too badly.

Jun 17 - 03:15 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

I felt the trailer was underwhelming. I mean Legolos was cool,but I don't recall him in the Hobbit. Plus, it that cartoony CGI, especially Smaug, that made me annoyed in the first one. Why can't they go back to the CG in the LOTR trilogy.

Jun 17 - 08:54 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

They should have went with the Game of Thrones guy, those dragons look pretty awesome.

Jun 16 - 07:49 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Agree, I am a big Game of Thrones fan, and love the look of the dragons on there, especially Khaleesi's black one.

Jun 16 - 08:45 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yeah, Drogon's pretty awesome can't wait to see when they're fully grown, should be around Season 5 if not next season.

Jun 16 - 09:13 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

guy? you do realize more than 1 person works on those dragons

Jun 17 - 02:49 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Yeah I agree I thought the trailer looked great till they showed smaug...

Jun 17 - 07:32 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Snyder is destined to be a punching bag, no matter how good or bad his output is. I believe Man of Steel and Watchmen will both be looked back on much fonder a decade from now.

Jun 16 - 07:31 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

At least Man of Steel anyway.

Jun 16 - 09:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

How do you figure? How do you know that the grosses for the second installment of the "Man Of Steel" is going to perform better than this one since their was so much hype surrounding "the Man Of Steel" that while it did succeed some expectations for some it may not be enough to convince some of those other viewers to come back for the second!

And speaking of which, when you talk about over-the-top violence there's plenty of that to see in super hero films all the time with the only difference is that because they're super heroes they have an excuse to showcase plenty of 'that could never happen' action, but the thing is other action movies such as "The Fast And The Furious" can't be enjoyable to some super hero fanatics since they're not wearing a silly super hero costume, saying that there shouldn't be any difference making the point if "no" one had ever heard of the Iron Man, Superman or Spiderman for that matter from the comic book world would the reactions still be the same!

As far as I can see the only super hero films that contain any credibility to this genre are "Batman Begins" and "Superman: The Movie" the rest of the pact cannot hold by themselves up without any of the older super hero films watched first or seen from other formats such as comic books, TV or cartoons since I've often heard people talk about how faithful the characters are! The action genre is not what it used to be anymore after "The Last Stand" tanked since it's been handed over to CGI movies in general such as The Transformers and anything that's like it! Not bashing CGI by the way but I'm just saying that I'm disappointed that it has somehow lead to this where you can't make a stunt man filled movie anymore when the audience prefer to see all their actions scenes shown on CGI and blue screen!

Jun 19 - 04:12 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

World War Z's performance is up the air; people either think it looks terrible or awesome, no in between.

Jun 16 - 07:33 PM

Gabriel Castellanos

Gabriel Castellanos

Isn't that the case with MOST (not all) people critiquing online regardless of the movies performance? Comments rich with the words: hate or love, awesome or terrible, garbage or masterpiece.

Jun 17 - 10:30 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

It'd be a shame that you had such poor taste if you weren't just trollin'.

Jun 16 - 07:34 PM

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