The retelling of the story of Superman, earned another $12 million from its screenings on Thursday night, bringing its total take for North America to $125 million.
Expectations prior to its debut were for box office receipts of between $75 million to as high as $130 million.
Movies about superheroes are what the summer box office is all about. Iron Man 3 has this year’s highest opening thus far and now Man of Steel is the second highest thus far.
Henry Cavill stars in the Man of Steel as Superman, while Lois Lane is portrayed by Amy Adams. The moves also grabbed the biggest opening ever for June taking that top spot away from the Toy Story 3, which earned just over $110 million in 2010 when it debuted.
In 2006, the last version of Superman, titled Superman Returns, which starred Brandon Routh, earned $52.5 million in its debut weekend.
Overseas, the Man of Steel also fared well, earning over $71.6 million in 24 areas. The movie will debut next weekend in another 27 areas including China and Russia. Also starring in the movie is Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe.
Taking second place this weekend was This Is the End, which debuted with a take of $20.5 million. The comedy stars James Franco, Johah Hill and Seth Rogen. Since its opening on Wednesday, the movie has earned over $32.8 million and had a budget of only $32 million.
Now You See Me, the illusionist heist movie in its third weekend earned $10.3 million to take third place over the weekend.
Taking fourth place was Fast & Furious 6, while the top 5 was rounded out by The Purge earning $9.4 million