Man of Steel and the Billion-Dollar Movie Club

Man of Steel Poster
This is the second major post in what is going to become the Billion-Dollar Club series tracking the Box Office performance of movies that came out with enough hype to justify some expectation of reaching a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. Well some expectation on my part at least. These movies are tracked in comparison to the progress of other movies that made it to a billion. I've added a few other outliers to round the number to the top 20 movies worldwide.
JPEG of spreadsheet. Link at bottom of article
While the spreadsheet I'm using features the current top 20 movies, I'll only be tracking progress in relation to movies of my choice. The next major tracking after "Man of Steel" (MOS) will be "Avengers 2" or "Man of Steel 2"...whichever comes first. If I get a special request to include a movie that could do some box office damage, say "Pacific Rim" or something, then I'll oblige. Otherwise, it's the flagship caped supers all the way.

MOS started its box office run as expected. Breaking quite a few records with a starting worldwide total of close to $250 million. MOS's week 2 domestic drop off (in the wake of the more family-friendly sequel, "Monsters University") is not commensurate with the hype that initially accompanied it. Even more disappointing is the fact that MOS could not fend off "World War Z" for a second place position. After all, Pixar has shown a remarkable ability to dominate their opening weekends, more so for a highly anticipated sequel.

The good news is that MOS is still holding those movies off internationally. We'll know soon enough if MOS is still on course to join the billion-dollar club...or whether it will need something stronger than the miraculous legs of "Toy Story 3". While a billion dollars at the box office is no joke, I have to acknowledge that 1 billion seems to be the new 800 million these days.

You can view the actual spreadsheet here. I'm very very open to suggestions at this stage. Yes that was two 'very's.

"Man of Steel" had a really impressive start but this highly polarizing film had a significantly steep second week drop to oblivion in the domestic market. It did pretty well in the second week internationally but not for long. At the week 4 mark, it's not even made up to what "The Amazing Spider-Man" had made at that same stage.
Overall, it's a successful non-sequel of a movie but I'd expected much more based on the hype and the fact that it was released after "Avengers" :P


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