MAN OF STEEL TAKES THE BOX OFFICE!

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After three decades, Warner Bros. has successfully resurrected its Superman franchise with Zack Snyder’s darker, more violent take on the marquee superhero.Man of Steel, directed by Snyder and produced byChristopher Nolan, debuted to $125.1 million at the Father’s Day box office to score the top opening of all time for June. That figure includes $12 million grossed Thursday night from special Walmart screenings, putting the actual three-day figure at $113.1 million.STORY: Warner Bros.’ ‘Man of Steel’ Nabs $170 Million in Promotional Dollars Either way, Man of Steel eclipsed previous June record-holder Toy Story 3, which debuted to $110.3 million.  All told, grosses for Father’s Day weekend were up a staggering 51 percent over last year, with Man of Steel capturing 60 percent of the market.”The movie is a perfect blend of a superhero who reaches not only the fanboy audience but the family audience as well, with great results from both,” said WB president of domestic distributionDan Fellman.Man of Steel is a notable win for WB and Legendary Pictures, which co-financed the $225 million tentpole. In 2006, WB and Legendary’sSuperman Returns did okay business at the box office, but not enough to mark a new chapter for the franchise.