Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' "Man of Steel" crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office this weekend.
The first Superman sequel in seven years has earned $248.7 million domestically, and $271.7 internationally, for a worldwide total of more than $520 million after 17 days. "Man of Steel" has benefited greatly from Imax theaters, from which it has taken in $27 million domestically and $18.9 million internationally.
Just as importantly, "Man of Steel" has revived the dormant franchise and clears the way for the studio to launch its own superhero all-star franchise -- as Disney has done with the Marvel comics characters – based on the DC Comics heroes.
Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. Pictures President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, called "Man of Steel" an extraordinary achievement by the talent on both sides of the camera.
"Zack Snyder, along with his cast and fellow filmmakers, created a story that has connected with audiences of all ages and in every quadrant of the world. We are so proud of the film, which has brought a new vision of the man and the myth to those just discovering Superman, as well as lifelong fans."
Henry Cavill stars as Superman, with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe among the co-stars.