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July 3, 2006 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
"Superman Returns" brought a film franchise back to life for Warner Bros. with an opening weekend gross of $52.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, the studio estimated. Director Bryan Singer's costly retelling of the comic book classic -- the first big-screen version of the Man of the Steel in 19 years -- generated $84.2 million in the five days starting with its Wednesday launch. That put it on pace to pull in $110 million during its first full week, ending with Tuesday's holiday.
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June 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Julie Makinen
Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" made its debut in China on Thursday and took in about $5.9 million at the box office. That puts the 3-D film from director Zack Snyder on track to far outpace the last "Superman" picture's run in China. "Superman Returns," released in 2006, grossed $8 million over its entire run in the country.  But "Man of Steel" made far less on its debut day than another summer blockbuster.  FULL COVERAGE: Reel China Walt Disney Co.'s "Iron Man 3," which opened in China on May 1, took in a record $21 million that day. But "Iron Man 3" opened on China's Labor Day holiday, whereas "Man of Steel" opened on a weeknight.
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June 27, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"SUPERMAN RETURNS" is a hummingbird in reverse. The tiny beast shouldn't be able to fly but does, while the massive movie should soar but only sporadically gets off the ground. Though "Superman Returns" is the first motion picture about the Man of Steel in 17 years, Warner Bros. didn't simply sit back and count on audience anticipation.
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June 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"Man of Steel" was the kryptonite to any box-office rival this weekend, monopolizing ticket sales and flying away with No. 1. The 3-D film starring Henry Cavill as Superman grossed a stellar $113.1 million over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. Including the $12 million the Zack Snyder-directed flick collected from early screenings on Thursday, the movie has now sold a total of $125.1 million worth of tickets domestically. The only other new movie to hit theaters this weekend, the R-rated comedy "This Is the End," trailed far behind "Man of Steel.
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June 23, 2006 | Elizabeth Snead, Special to The Times
Spirits were sky high, sometimes literally, at Wednesday night's world premiere of "Superman Returns." At the after-party, the cast -- Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Parker Posey, Frank Langella, James Marsden and that hot new Man of Steel, Brandon Routh -- were all ecstatic about the raves for the iconic superhero's return to the big screen.
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June 2, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
STUDIOS love magazine stories that breathlessly hype their summer popcorn movies, so you would think that Warner Bros. might have been happy with Alonso Duralde's cover story about "Superman Returns," which gushed, "Superheroes -- let's face it -- are totally hot." There was a twist: Duralde's "Superman Returns" story was not in Entertainment Weekly or Newsweek or Premiere.
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January 29, 2006
THERE are few things better to do on a Sunday morning than to curl up in bed with the Sunday Times, particularly the Calendar section. You can therefore imagine my disappointment and disgust at the cavalier method Times staff writer Geoff Boucher uses to expose major plot elements of Bryan Singer's film "The Usual Suspects" just to illustrate a bit of trivial homage to that film in the upcoming "Superman Returns." The reference was unnecessary and gratuitous. It is a shame that an otherwise in-depth look at the upcoming "Superman Returns" film had to be ruined by spoiling another great cinematic thriller for those who have yet to see it. DONNA BRODERICK Northridge
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July 5, 2006 | Jim Suhr, The Associated Press
Passing through southern Illinois on their way to Nashville, Diana Brown and her son Colin saw the signs pointing the way to this town's Superman Square and its colorful bronze statue of the Man of Steel. Thanks to the media buildup for "Superman Returns," Clark Kent's alter ego was already on Brown's mind. So last week, mother and son got off the highway and visited this Mayberry-meets-Disney town on the Ohio River. "I wasn't sure what to expect," says Brown, 59, of St. Charles, Ill.
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July 2, 2006 | Scott Timberg
WHEN Hollywood composer John Ottman, who wrote the scores for director Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects" and "X2: X-Men United," was approached about scoring Singer's latest, "Superman Returns," he admits he was a bit daunted. "There was a great weight on my shoulders because of the strength of the original theme," he says of the John Williams melody that accompanied director Richard Donner's 1978 film "Superman."
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April 1, 2006
Split: Matt LeBlanc, who stars in NBC's "Joey," has filed for divorce from his wife, Melissa, citing irreconcilable differences. They were wed in 2003 and have a 2-year-old daughter. "Super"-sized: Three or four sections of "Superman Returns," due in theaters June 30, will be shown in 3-D in versions screened at Imax theaters, Warner Bros. reports. Viewers will be prompted by an on-screen cue to put on and take off 3-D glasses for the sequences.
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June 14, 2013 | By Susan King
"Man of Steel," Warner Bros.' first Superman adventure in seven years, earned $9 million at its Thursday midnight bow and a corporate group sale screening program, taking in $12 million for a total of $21 million. The take bests the $15.6 million "Iron Man 3" earned in its Thursday night opening last month. The Zack Snyder-directed reboot starring Henry Cavill as the superhero has gotten mixed reviews, scoring a 59% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is expected to make $90 million to $100 million by the end of the weekend.  PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The last entry in the franchise, 2006's "Superman Returns," grossed $391.1 million worldwide.
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June 13, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Warner Bros.' Superman reboot "Man of Steel" is expected to have a big domestic opening, with prerelease audience surveys suggesting the film could take in $90 million or more over its debut weekend. The movie, which stars Henry Cavill as Superman and cost about $225 million to produce, also is opening in 24 foreign markets on Friday -- the same day as its stateside bow. It will debut in 26 additional markets the following weekend, including China, which is the biggest wild card.
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June 13, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
These days it seems like every superhero under the sun has been given a modern makeover for the big screen -- Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor -- so it only makes sense that the grandaddy of them all is finally up for an overhaul in "Man of Steel. " The latest incarnation of the Superman mythos features Henry Cavill in the red-and-blue tights and Zack Snyder in the director's chair, plus a story by the "Dark Knight" trilogy's Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (with Goyer penning the screenplay)
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June 13, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"Man of Steel" will move faster than a speeding bullet at the box office this weekend, but how far can it travel? The first Superman film to hit theaters in seven years is expected to soar with a debut weekend take of between $90 million and $100 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. After a lackluster first half of the year, Warner Bros. is hopeful that the Zack Snyder-directed film will become a global blockbuster that launches a new franchise for the studio.
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June 11, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the expectations for Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel"! The Superman picture comes at a crucial time for the studio. With the completion of the "Dark Knight" trilogy last year, Warner Bros. needs a new superhero franchise. In the near term, Warner Bros. could also use a blockbuster. "Man of Steel," which was directed by Zack Snyder and co-produced by "Dark Knight" filmmaker Christopher Nolan, is opening Friday on the heels of the studio's somewhat disappointing "The Hangover Part III. " And with the riskier sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" slated to open in July, a strong showing for "Man of Steel" would ease pressure on Warner Bros.
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May 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The ownership records of this property read like a “Who's Who” in Hollywood. Actress Kate Jackson sold the place to saxophonist Kenny G in 1990. Tennis champ Pete Sampras sold it to film producer Jon Peters in 2004. Now the Westside home is on the market at $4.995 million. The Traditional-style house, built in 1976, sits on 1.5 landscaped acres with a tennis court, a swimming pool, a spa, patios and lawns. The living has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, the family room contains a bar and the master suite features dual bathrooms and closets for a total of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,076 square feet of living space.
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June 20, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Bryan Singer was gushing about some in-your-face Smallville corn. "Look at that! Oh, look at the corn." The director of "Superman Returns," wearing plastic 3-D glasses, was sitting in an empty Imax theater at Universal City a few days ago where he saw his own movie in an unexpected way.
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July 18, 2006 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Superman, with help from some smiling cars, proved more powerful than a locomotive for toy maker Mattel Inc.'s second quarter. The El Segundo-based toy maker said Monday that toys based on the movies "Superman Returns" and "Cars," along with better-than-expected sales of Barbie dolls, drove sales up 8% to $957.7 million, the top quarterly sales gain in a year. Shares of Mattel, which also makes Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, rose 11% on the news to $17.60.
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September 3, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Brad Meltzer's hot thriller "The Book of Lies" was published Tuesday and it has arrived with a unique companion soundtrack. Because a key element in the book is Meltzer's theory about the origins of Superman, the CD includes several pop songs that have referenced the Man of Steel, including R.E.M.'s "Superman," Five for Fighting's "Superman (It's Not Easy)" and Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero." Kal-El and his earthly alter ego, Clark Kent, have been popular topics for pop, rock, R&B, blues and hip-hop artists, and just as cinematic treatments of Superdude have evolved over time, so have the musical invocations.
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November 28, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Nearly two decades after the disastrous "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," the Man of Steel made a high-flying comeback this past summer in "Superman Returns" (Warner, $20 for the single disc; $35 for two-disc set). Directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects," "X-Men"), this technologically spectacular adventure stars Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent. Kevin Spacey plays Lex Luthor, Kate Bosworth is Lois Lane and Eva Marie Saint is Martha Kent.
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