July 5, 2006


'Superman' Soars to $52 Million Opening (DAVID GERMAIN, 7/05/06, AP)

Superman may not be the world's greatest superhero at the box office, but the Man of Steel still flies high. "Superman Returns" took in $52.15 million over opening weekend, lifting its five-day total since its debut Wednesday to $84.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That puts the Warner Bros. film ahead of the premiere of last year's "Batman Begins," another Warner superhero revival, which took in $48.7 million over its opening weekend and $72.9 million in its first five days. But "Superman Returns" finished far behind Sony's "Spider-Man 2," the record-holder for best five-day openings, with $152.4 million over Fourth of July weekend in 2004.

It's silly to look for a conservative subculture when the American culture is itself so conservative.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2006 7:45 AM
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