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The Incredible 75-Year Evolution Of The Superman Logo


warner bros 75 superman"Man of Steel" is out in theaters this Friday.

If you're like us, you're excited to see if Zack Snyder ("300") can deliver a successful reboot to the franchise. 

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. unveiled a new 75th anniversary logo for the son of Krypton featuring a silhouette of Supes. 

To get pumped for the release of the new film Friday, we've compiled the many emblems Superman has worn over the years.

Maurice Mitchell's awesome infographic of many pivotal logos served as a guide to our research. 

Most of the symbol changes and development come early on in the first years of Superman's existence.

1938: Superman's first appearance in Action Comics #1 showed a simple red S on what looked like a police badge.*

*Note: The first image of Superman by creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was produced in the early '30s.

December 1938: During The Man of Steel's early years, his logo underwent various changes all with primary colors red, blue, and yellow. After a few issues, the symbol came to reflect an inverted triangle with the red S inside in Action Comics #7.

1939: The first Superman comic featured a thinner S in the same triangle.

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The First Epic Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Finally Shows The Dragon

10 Awesome Moments In The New 'Hobbit' Trailer


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Warner Bros. just released its first revealing trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

If you haven't checked it out yet, watch it here.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey from the first film with the dwarves and Gandalf in tow as they head to the Misty Mountains to defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). 

Before they meet up with Smaug, they'll run into elves, a giant spider, and will have to get past the Master of Laketown.

A lot went on in the first trailer. If you're not sure what's going on, we've pulled apart the best takeaways from the teaser.

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett star in the film along with Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly ("Lost"), and Orlando Bloom reprising his role from "The Lord of the Rings."

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits theaters December 13.

The reveal of Evangeline Lilly as new elf Tauriel who doesn't appear in the books.

We've shown some images of her previously, but it's nice to see her without a green screen.

Don't expect her character to be a damsel in distress. She looks like a fiery archer.

Yes, that is Orlando Bloom returning as his "Lord of the Rings" character Legolas.

And this is his epic father Thranduil (Lee Pace).

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M. Night Shymalan Reveals He Ghost Wrote 'She's All That'


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"After Earth" director M. Night Shymalan reveals in an interview with Movies.com that he ghost-wrote the hit '90s teen film "She's All That." 

Yes, the Freddie Prinze Jr. film that replays on cable all the time featuring the actor as a high school jock making over nerdy recluse Rachel Leigh Cook as part of a bet. 

The film made $103 million worldwide at the box office. Not bad for a film with a production budget of $10 million back in 1999. 

That's not all.  

While discussing the typical surprise endings that come with a Shyamalan film, the director pointed out another project that was a deviation from the material he does now. 

Any guesses? 

"Stuart Little." 

"You're saying the audience's relationship started with me with 'The Sixth Sense,'" said Shyamalan. "That same year I wrote 'Stuart Little.'" 

A look at the writer of "She's All That" leads to R. Lee Fleming Jr. whose IMDB listing shows he has written and produced a number of TV shows from "Friends" to "One Tree Hill" and currently "The Lying Game." 

This has led people to wonder whether Shyamalan is also writer Fleming Jr.  

The reasoning? 

For starters, it's an odd coincidence the two are the same age, and were both born August 1970. 

Maybe it's coincidence. Maybe not.

Rewind to 1999 with two clips from the film.

Here's Prinze Jr. making the bet to makeover a student with a young Paul Walker.

Here's the big reveal of Cook's makeover:

SEE ALSO: 10 awesome moments in the new 'Hobbit' sequel trailer

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Naomi Watts Looks Identical To Princess Diana In First Trailer For Biopic


Naomi Watts emerges as Oscar bait in the first trailer for "Diana."

The biopic centers on the last two years of Princess Di's life, highlighting her campaign against land mines and romance with Dr. Hasnat Khan, played by "LOST" actor Naveen Andrews.

The zero-dialogue teaser spotlights the late princess's compassion abroad, juxtaposed against shots of ravenous paparazzi.

"Diana" opens September 20 in the U.K., with a U.S. release yet to be announced.

Watch the trailer below.

SEE ALSO: M. Night Shymalan Reveals He Ghost Wrote 'She's All That'

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Keanu Reeves Returns To The Big Screen In An Ultra-Violent Movie About Tai Chi


Keanu Reeves, who knows kung fu, is making his return to the big screen by directing and starring in a pretty righteous-looking martial arts movie about tai chi.

It's called "Man of Tai Chi," and the trailer is blindingly cool for those of us predisposed to unapologetic action movies.

According to the synopsis from IMDB, the movie is about what happens when "a young martial artist's skill places him in position to experience opportunities and sacrifices." Translation: it's a supercharged cinema explosion to watch and squeal through.

Stop everything and watch the trailer below.

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The One Thing Critics Are Getting Wrong About 'Man Of Steel'


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Warning: There are some minor spoilers ahead.

As early reviews for "Man of Steel" are coming out, while most are positive, many critics are calling it the gloomiest version to date.

Specifically, many reviews are using one word to describe the film and its lead Henry Cavill.  

Associated Press:

"Cavill’s performance is less memorable for his introspective brooding than for his six-pack (a fetish for Snyder, the director of ‘‘300")."

Time Out:

"… It forgets to give the new Kal-El (muscle-bound Henry Cavill) a single recognizable emotion, save The Dark Knight’s all-purpose brood—which isn’t going to cut it when our S-clad hero, more than any other, has to inspire a gushing citywide love (so well-captured in the Koch-era original)."

Entertainment Weekly:

"But he's been transformed into the latest in a long line of soul-searching super-brooders, trapped between his devastated birth planet of Krypton and his adopted new home on Earth. He's just another haunted outsider grappling with issues."


"Blessed with the most classically chiseled jawline of any actor who’s yet donned the red cape, Cavill is also the most dour and brooding, lacking even the sardonic self-amusement of Christian Bale in Bruce Wayne mode."

This simply isn't the case.  It's not a depressing, dark film at all. 

We were able to see a screening of Warner Bros. reboot Tuesday evening, and we enjoyed it a lot.

Director Zack Snyder's take on Superman isn't perfect — we'll get to that later — but it's definitely entertaining and should hit the projected $100 million number opening weekend.

Rather, it's a coming-of-age story about a man trying to come to grips with being different and it's executed well.

"Man of Steel" delivers a fresh take on the rehashed Superman story about an altruistic, do-gooder who is the ultimate force for good. 

cavill man of steelThis is the story about Clark Kent getting to be that person, and guess what? It's not all rainbows and sunshine.

Being an alien among humans is scary and director Zack Snyder drives this point home showing the world through a young Kent's eyes. 

We know Superman has X-ray vision, super strength, heat vision, and supersonic hearing and that all sounds cool.

In reality, it's not.

According to Snyder, Superman doesn't see skeletons when seeing others. He sees people's muscular systems.

That's terrifying.

The simplest sounds — the opening of a door, getting out of a chair, and placing a coffee pot down are deafening.

Snyder has said in countless interviews his goal with "Man of Steel" was to make a superhero who was relateable. He  explains this in the production notes for the film:

"He's [Clark Kent] wondering, 'What is my purpose?' We all ask that of ourselves, but it's harder for Clark because the things that he's best at are also the things that are most frightening about him to others; knowledge of his existence would cc all into question everything we know about who we are. So he's on his own, trying to find out what his place is in the world, where he belongs, what is his destiny. I think the audience will relate because most of us share those same questions and insecurities when we are starting out in life."

The story line's resonance with real-world issues comes across while listening to the sage wisdom of Superman's dad (Kevin Costner) who forces Clark to hide his powers — and true self — from the people of Earth.

man of steel kevin costner"People are afraid of what they can't understand," Kent preaches to son Clark.

Though we know papa Kent is doing his fatherly duties to protect his adopted son, his controlling presence in Clark's life comes across as if he's slightly embarrassed by the repercussions of people knowing about his son's differences.

In many ways it reminded us of Spider-Man and the whole "with great power comes great responsibility" mantra. 

However, it's this that makes it difficult to watch the film and not think about parallels to bullying and gay-marriage rights as well.

Is Henry Cavill  the cheeriest Man of Steel? At the start of the film, no. 

But when your adopted parents are telling you to hide the special attribute that makes you unique, and subsequently you can't answer back to the bullies who constantly refer to you as a freak — who could blame him? 

Still, Kent's not shuffling around like an angsty, angry superhero with a vendetta.

Before becoming Supes, Kent uses his powers for random acts of kindness — saving strangers and school children in his youth. 

By the end of the nearly two-and-a-half hour film, after he gets the iconic Superman suit and assimilates, Cavill looks closer to the Superman figure we're more familiar with as he tosses some clever asides to generals and Lois Lane (Amy Adams).

A fitting alternate title for the film would be Superman Begins.

Of course, that was already taken.

"Man of Steel" is in theaters Friday with evening showings Thursday.

More Superman:  The incredible 75-year evolution of the Superman logo

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'Wolverine' Tries Out Life As A Mortal In Latest Trailer


 The latest international trailer for "The Wolverine" is out and we get to see a lot more footage of the film. 

Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine Logan trading in his powers for a mortal life.

With villains Viper and the Silver Samurai in his sights, it doesn't look like that will work out in the end.

 "Wolverine" is out in theaters July 25.

One takeaway from the trailer — for some reason it seems like every superhero's favorite hangout spot is in the same hole Bruce Wayne was dumped inside in "the Dark Knight Rises."

Here's Wolverine:

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Here's Bruce Wayne:

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SEE ALSO: "Man of Steel" is out this weekend. Here's what the critics are getting wrong >

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It's All Out War In The First '300: Rise Of An Empire' Trailer


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The first trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire"— the long-awaited sequel to the 2006 epic — is here.

This time Noam Murro steps in as director as Zack Snyder takes to producer and writer. Snyder has his hands full with the "Man of Steel" franchise at Warner Bros.

Murro doesn't have a lot of credits to his name with his last film being 2008's "Smart People."

The film stars Eva Green ("Casino Royale") as Persian Queen Artemisia going to war with the Greeks led by general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton). 

The first trailer is full of ships, explosions, sword fights, arrows, and plenty of death, but no outright scene that has us screaming "madness."

"300: Rise of an Empire" comes to theaters next March.

SEE ALSO: What critics are getting wrong about "Man of Steel">

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James Franco Created Tons Of Art Featured In His New Movie 'This Is The End'


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James Franco is reuniting with his pals Seth Rogen and Jason Segel among many others in apocalypse comedy "This is the End" out this weekend. 

In the film, you'll see a lot of artwork of the actors referencing previous works some have collaborated on together. 

All of it was created by Franco. 

He even put together a grand mural of the main cast in Los Angeles.

Tons of artwork that James Franco painted for "This is the End" will be seen in the film.

They'll hang in Franco's home.

Franco set out to paint all of his main cast mates.

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'Despicable Me 2' May Be The Best Film To Take Your Kids To This Summer


despicable me 2Disney and Pixar are releasing their big, anticipated "Monsters Inc." prequel next week.

However, it may be another 'quel' you want to take the kids out to this summer.

Audiences went crazy over the first screening of "Despicable Me 2" at the Annecy Animation Festival in France.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the showing received a standing ovation along with cheers after the film ended.

THR described just how enthusiastic people are about the return of Steve Carell as Gru and his adorable, though mischievous, yellow minions:

"The crowd was palpably delighted throughout the screening, even singing along to the songs in the closing scene, and the party atmosphere carried over into cheers and wild applause as the credits rolled."

Meanwhile, Disney and Pixar's "Monsters University" is receiving good early buzz.

However early reviews have noted Pixar may be losing its touch when it comes to sequels, and now prequels. (Plus, it sounds like it's just like "The Internship.")

Right now, BoxOffice.com is projecting "Monsters University" to open to $80 million with "Despicable Me 2" not far behind with $76 million. 

It may be Illumination Entertainment's "Despicable Me" sequel that explodes during the Fourth of July holiday weekend as its social media buzz is surpassing that of previous comparable summer hits "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Toy Story 3."

"Despicable Me 2" opens in theaters July 3.

Check out a trailer below:

SEE ALSO: The one thing critics are getting wrong about "Man of Steel">

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New 'Elysium' Trailer Shows Matt Damon In A Race Against Time For His Life


The second action-packed trailer for "Elysium" is here.

The new trailer for the Neil Blomkamp ("District 9") directed film is very different from the first which showed the dichotomy between life on a future poverty-stricken Earth and paradise world Elysium.

This time we get a longer look at Max De Costa (Matt Damon) fighting not only for his life, but also that of the human race left to rot on Earth.

Damon stars along with Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, and Sharito Copley ("District 9").

"Elysium" is out in theaters August 9.

Want more? Check out the first trailer.

SEE ALSO: What critics are getting wrong about "Man of Steel"

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'Man Of Steel' Borrows Elements From 5 Other Big Movies


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Warning: If you haven't seen the film, there are some spoilers. 

As "Man of Steel" rolls into theaters this weekend you may find yourself experiencing some serious déjà vu.

I enjoyed director Zack Snyder's take on the son of Krypton during a Tuesday screening; however, when the movie begins to get to the big action sequences at the end, you can't help but feel you've seen some of this before.

Between black holes, snake-like probes, and a familiar scene of an apocalypse, here are a few films "Man of Steel" appears to borrow a page from:

1. "Independence Day"

This is the movie you'll most likely find similarities with.

Here's the set up: A giant alien ship takes position over one of Earth's major cities (Chicago). American jet fighters head toward the giant vehicle in hopes to destroy it. The scene feels so familiar we're almost expecting Will Smith to appear in a cameo.

Here's a shot from "Man of Steel":

man of steel independence day

Here's a scene from "Independence Day":

We're not the only ones who noticed this.

NY Daily News:

"The alien invasion-heavy result is like “Independence Day” in a cape, though at least its hero doesn’t get Green Lantern-ized."

2. "War of the Worlds

For some reason there are giant tentacles attacking Superman throughout the final fight scenes of the film.

They look a lot like those alien probes Tom Cruise was battling in New Jersey.

3. "The Avengers"

"Man of Steel" follows the recent superhero cliché of sacrificing yourself for the good of mankind. 

Again, we have aliens placing themselves at the center of a big city. There's even a black hole for the villains to get sucked into.

From "The Avengers":

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4. "Inception"

There's a scene in "Man of Steel" where buildings are crumbling left and right and you can't help but feel like you're in one of Christopher Nolan's collapsing dream worlds from "Inception." 

By the way, Nolan did co-write the script for "Man of Steel."

"Man of Steel":

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5. "Terminator 2"

There's an odd action sequence between Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) taking place in Superman's head where he envisions an apocalyptic ending to Earth.

It plays out sort of like that ubiquitous vision Sarah Connor sees about the world coming to a fiery end.

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Bonus: "District 9"

district 9"Man of Steel" is a film about an alien on Earth coming to grips with his differences and gaining acceptance from those around him.

On many levels, this is a loose plotline for Neil Blomkamp's brilliant 2009 film which shows a man who slowly changes into an alien. He's not harmful or a different person, but because of his outward appearance he's treated like a dangerous monster.

Of course, the aliens don't have heat vision and can't fly.

Had Superman looked like something out of "District 9" hidden in a human suit would the people of Earth have been as welcoming?

Let us know if you notice any other similarities while seeing the film.

More Superman: What critics are getting wrong about "Man of Steel"

SEE ALSO: Why Superman isn't wearing his iconic red underwear in the new film

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Steven Spielberg's Nightmare Scenario For Hollywood Is Already Coming True


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Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg said the movie industry was about to implode.

Specifically, while speaking at USC Spielberg noted that since so many movie studios are opting to bet on one large $250-million-budget film rather than a few smaller films, this will eventually result in a giant meltdown for Hollywood.

George Lucas followed up predicting that going to the movies will be a Broadway event costing anywhere from $50 to $150 dollars some day. 

It looks like they're right.

Paramount announced it will sell $50 tickets for people to view showings of Brad Pitt's zombie thriller "World War Z" on June 19 — two days before the film's release.

Remember, this is the movie that was receiving a lot of bad press after a Vanity Fair cover article revealed the film's budget inflated to around $200 million and a costly 40-minute reshoot of the end had to take place. 

Paramount is pairing up with Regal Entertainment Group to bring the costly package to consumers.

Not everyone will be able to get in on the deal.

These "mega tickets," as Paramount is coining them, will be available in five markets — Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Diego.

What does $50 get you?

Here's what's inside the "mega-ticket" package:

  • One ticket
  • One HD digital copy of the movie when it comes out
  • One pair of "World War Z" Custom 3D glasses 
  • A limited-edition movie poster and a small popcorn

Paramount says all of this amounts to $75 worth of paraphernalia.

star trek into darkness posterWhen we went to an early showing of "Star Trek Into Darkness" we paid $18.50 for a single ticket (in New Jersey) and received 3D glasses and a sweet glow-in-the-dark poster for free.

We had to give the 3D glasses back; however, other films in the past have given out free 3D glasses along with tickets. "The Avengers" and "Harry Potter" come to mind.

Typically, an HD copy of a film goes for about $40 on release.

That's about $60.

A small popcorn costs a lot these days (close to $6 in some theaters), but there's no way it costs $15. The least Paramount could have done was throw in a soda, too.

Paramount knows it needs "World War Z" to do immensely well at theaters to not only earn back its outstanding budget, but to also make a profit

Selling pricey tickets would help a little.

At the end of the day, if you shell out $50 for one of these WWZ tickets, you're basically getting bragging rights to see a film that isn't even the most-anticipated of the year before anyone else and an HD movie.

SEE ALSO: Will "World War Z" fare well at theaters?

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10 Actors Who Parodied Themselves Before 'This Is the End'


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An all-star cast of comedians parody their celebrity status as they try to survive the apocalypse in Sony Pictures' "This is the End" now playing in theaters.

It's always a highlight when celebrities are willing to poke fun at their own persona, so...

Jean Claude Van Damme in 'JCVD'

Jean Claude Van Damme's career had fallen practically to obscurity by 2008. But the '90s action star took advantage of his C-list status, starring as a forgotten action star struggling with his taxes and a custody battle with his ex-wife in "JCVD." Poor guy even loses roles to Steven Seagal.

Steve Carell in 'Knocked Up'

The Hollywood nice guy is berated by pregnant and moody E! producer Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl) in "Knocked Up." He tries to gracefully exit the hostile interview, but has a hard time escaping the wrath of Heigl's character.

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in 'The Trip'

Coogan and Brydon have played themselves in a number of films, most memorably in their 2010 comedy "The Trip." They travel around Northern England tasting food, wine, and working out their impressions of Michael Caine and Al Pacino. The duo will be making their way to Italy in the upcoming sequel.

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Richard Linklater Drops Details On His 'Dazed And Confused' Sequel Set In The '80s


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Richard Linklater‘s next movie, Before Midnight, looks like it’s going to be so good, it might literally blind audience members with its awesomeness.

Despite this, there is perhaps one movie on Linklater’s upcoming list which is even more eagerly awaited, his Dazed And Confused Follow-Up.

In a recent interview on The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith podcast, Linklater revealed his vision for the ‘spiritual successor’ to his 1993 coming-of-age cult comedy hit:

I think after doing [‘Before Midnight’] which was pretty intimate and my film before [‘Bernie’] was pretty intimate too, I kinda want to take on an ensemble again. So I have a college comedy I’ve been working on for years that’s sort of a spiritual sequel to ‘Dazed [And Confused]’. It’s set on the first weekend of college with a bunch of people when you move into where you’re going to be living and you meet all these people.

The rumors of a Dazed and Confused sequel have been circulating for sometime. Back in 2010 it was semi-officially titled That’s What I’m Talking About and would have seen Matthew McConaughey reprise his role as Wooderson. It seemed McConaughey was game, and by 2012 it looked like Linklater had secured funding. Unfortunately something seems to have gone awry since then. He told Jeff Goldsmith that due to a lack of “big name casts” financing had dried up. Despite his critical success, Linklater explained his name still “doesn’t get you much” in Hollywood. Last we heard, Linklater expected to deliver the follow up movie in 2014. Have those plans now been scuppered?

Linklater also suggested he had quite a few working titles, suggesting the previous title of That’s What I’m Talking About has been ditched. He also gave a very slight mention of the sequels premise:

Yeah, it’s sequentially it’s like if Mitch went off to college, so sequentially it’s like ‘80. It’s all that partying you do before the first class, if you get 3 or 4 days, so it’s a long weekend of college.

What do you think? Is Dazed and Confused a film which really needs to be revisited, or is it best left alone?

SEE ALSO: "Man of Steel" borrows elements from a lot of big blockbusters

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'Man Of Steel' Is Going To Have One Of The Biggest Box-Office Weekends Of The Year


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Harsh reviews of a darker Superman reboot aren't hurting "Man of Steel" at all. 

The film currently sits at an unimpressive 57% on film review site Rotten Tomatoes, but it's soaring at theaters.

Friday midnight showings of the Zack Snyder directed film accounted for $9 million in ticket salesAnother $12 million from 7 p.m. Thursday evening screenings through advanced Wal-Mart ticket sales brought in a total haul of $21 million.

Projections already have the film earning up to $45 million Friday night leading to box-office totals of more than $100 million.

Fandango tells us "Man of Steel" represented 85% of its online ticket sales Friday. 

The film is doing so well at the box office that it may break the current opening weekend record for June and will go on to be one of the highest-opening weekends of the year.

Currently, "Toy Story 3" holds the June record with $110.3 million. Current estimates for "Man of Steel" see it earning as much as — or even more than — $120 million this weekend which would be a huge number — not only for a reboot, but also for a first film in a franchise and a film this year where the box office was particularly sluggish prior to the May onslaught of blockbusters.

Right now, only two films — "Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6" have earned more than $100 million dollars opening weekend this year.

Note: The movie is NOT bad by a long shot.  

For all the critics complaining over the fact the film is dark (it's really not much of a gloom and doom fest), that appears to be one of the main draws sending people to see the reboot.

According to a Fandango survey of 1,000 people who purchased tickets to see the film, the following factors are playing a role in people's decision to see "Man of Steel":

* 88% are fans of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” franchise

* 81% are looking forward to seeing a darker interpretation of Superman

* 61% plan to see it on the big screen more than once, indicating heavy repeat viewing in weeks to come.

The most impressive stat is that a lot of people may want to see this movie more than once — something that was common with Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy.

"The Dark Knight Rises" went on to earn an impressive $161 million opening weekend and this was with no 3D screenings and after a drop in box-office sales following the Colorado theater shooting at a midnight screening.

Don't expect it to be "TDKR" or "Iron Man 3" huge though.

Remember, those films were the third in their respective franchises. As well, "Iron Man 3" was also seen as a sequel to 2012's highest-grossing movie, "The Avengers." (Though it appears the high tracking numbers of "Man of Steel" may be seen as the result of the film being likened to "TDKR" sequel.)

Fandango's Dave Karger shares with Business Insider that opening Father's Day weekend is another draw for the film as well. 

"It will be hard for Superman to beat ‘Iron Man 3’ but the timing is perfectly positioned between Father’s Day and July 4," says Karger. "The father-son story is particularly touching – and the film should play well throughout July, especially in the heartland."

Here are the numbers to beat for the weekend:

Highest Opening Weekends of 2013

MovieOpening Weekend Earnings
1. "Iron Man 3" $174.1 million 
2. "Fast & Furious 6" $120 million*
3. "Oz the Great and Powerful"     $79.1 million
 4. "Star Trek Into Darkness"$70.1 million 
5. "The Great Gatsby"  $50.1 million

*This was the four day MDW total. "F&F 6" earned $97 million in the three-day weekend.

Overall, here are the highest-grossing opening weekends:

MovieOpening Weekend Earnings
1. "The Avengers"$207 million
2. "Iron Man 3"$174.1 million 
 3. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" $169.2 million 
 4. "The Dark Knight Rises" $160.1 million 
 5. "The Dark Knight"$158.4 million 

SEE ALSO: What critics are getting wrong about "Man of Steel"

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'Man Of Steel' Is Already Crushing The Previous Superman Reboot At Theaters


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Here's how big of a hit "Man of Steel" already is at theaters.

Warner Bros.' Superman reboot has earned more than the 2006 opening-weekend for "Superman Returns."

$56 million vs. $52.5 million.

Here's a better breakdown of that figure:

The film is now expected to reach $130 million opening weekend— leaps and bounds north of what the film was originally projected to earn.

Read more on how "Man of Steel" should fare for the weekend here.

If you're trying to see the film this weekend, we recommend buying your tickets online and getting to the theater pretty early.

Our Chris Anderson headed over to the Kaufman Astoria 14 theater in New York last night and this was the scene inside:

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If you have any pictures of crowded theaters, lines, or people dressed up in costume, we'd love to see them. Send them to thewire[at]businessinsider[dot]com.

More Superman:  What the critics are getting wrong >

AND: "Man of Steel" will have one of the year's biggest box-office opening weekends >

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: Here Are 15 Real Life Father And Son Appearances On Screen


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The sci-fi thriller, "After Earth," starring father and son duo Will and Jaden Smith, may not have been the pair's finest box office moment.

But we can't imagine that the Fresh Prince is disappointed in his little prince. 

The Smiths have appeared on screen together numerous times. Jaden acted alongside his famous dad in the "Men in Black" series and played his son in "The Pursuit of Happyness."

The Smiths aren't the first father and son couple to act on screen and they certainly won't be the last.

In celebration of Father's Day weekend, let's take a look at 15 more fathers who took their sons to the set.

And to all fathers out there, Happy Father's Day!

Check out the father-son duos on screen >

Comedic father-and-son duo, Ben and Jerry Stiller star in plenty of films together including "The Heartbreak Kid,""Zoolander,""Heavyweights" and "Hot Pursuit."

Three generations of the Douglas clan—Kirk, Michael and Cameron—starred together in "It Runs in the Family."

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The First Trailer For 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Is A Giant Gatsby-Sized Party With Leonardo DiCaprio


Gatsby won't be the only wealthy lord Leonadro DiCaprio plays this year.

DiCaprio returns to the big screen this fall as overly wealthy New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street" throwing parties that look bigger and badder than those he threw in "The Great Gatsby."

Back with director Martin Scorsese ("The Departed,""Shutter Island"), DiCaprio stars with Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey in the biographical crime drama based on the memoir by Belfort. 

The trailer is played to the overture of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" from his new album, Yeezus.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" is out in theaters November 15. Perfect timing for Oscar season.

This is the best part of the trailer:

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In case you're not convinced this is a more current "Gatsby" (minus the tragic love story):

"Wolf of Wall Street":

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