We’re just halfway through 2013 and we’ve already witnessed the success of superhero blockbusters. Man of Steel, the latest take on the Superman franchise, grossed a whopping $116.6 million in the US on its opening weekend. Worldwide receipts, a month after its release, now stand at $635 million.
These figures, however, trail the performance of Iron Man 3 by some margin. The Tony Stark franchise made $174.1 million on its opening weekend in the US. Globally, it has grossed $1.2 billion in 11 weeks! Iron Man 3 now ranks fifth in the all-time list for worldwide box office receipts.
The spectacular success of these superhero franchises has pumped up the excitement for the next one due in August — The Wolverine. This new movie explores Wolverine’s exploits in Japan. The setting is expected to heighten interest in the movie in Asian markets. Producers are betting that the swordplay and martial arts sequences will attract wider audience and greater box-office sales. Wolverine trained as a ninja and was a samurai. He speaks fluent Japanese which is one of 7 languages in his arsenal. Not so hard to do if you have been around since the 1800s.