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"Man of Steel" Smashes Through June Box Office Record

There wasn't a speck of Kryptonite to block Superman from taking the all-time record for opening ticket sales in June.

The famous hero's latest film iteration, Man of Steel, newly released by Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) Warner Bros., raked in just over $113 million in the Friday-Sunday period, according to data compiled by Box Office Mojo, which said the tally trumped the previous record holder, Toy Story 3, crafted by Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Pixar, which amassed $110 million in its June 2010 debut.

The showing was also good enough for Man of Steel to take the second-best opening weekend so far this year, behind Iron Man 3, released by Disney unit Buena Vista, according to Box Office Mojo. Man of Steel had taken in another $12 million from Thursday night group sales.

Coming in at a distant second for this past weekend was another fresh release, the inexpensively budgeted apocalypse comedy This is the End. The Sony- (NYSE: SNE  ) distributed effort took in $20.5 million over the three-day period, said Box Office Mojo, which puts the film's production budget at $32 million..

Third place belonged to a thriller about a gang of magicians, Now You See Me. The movie, now in its third week of release, posted a weekend box office of $10.3 million, according to the Box Office Mojo tally. It is distributed by Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) .


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