Warner's Man of Steel rounded out the week with $7.01 million on Thursday. The blockbuster superhero franchise re-launch was down a sharp 22 percent from Wednesday. Thursday's decline was a clear result of competition from Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as the marketplace in general lost significant momentum from the previous day on Thursday. Man of Steel dominated the marketplace this week with a weekly take of $156.73 million and has now grossed $168.79 million to date. Man of Steel is currently running 25 percent behind the $225.01 million grossed by last year's The Dark Knight Rises through its first week of release.
This Is The End took an even larger percentage hit from the NBA Finals, as it was down 27 percent from Wednesday to hold steady in second with $2.10 million. Sony's modestly budgeted ensemble R-rated comedy was down 53 percent from last Thursday. This Is The End placed in second this week with $32.48 million and has now grossed $44.79 million in nine days. The film is currently running 15 percent behind the $52.93 million nine-day take of 2008's Pineapple Express and continues to make up ground in the comparison as days go by.
Lionsgate's Now You See Me held up a bit better, as the ensemble thriller was down 18 percent from Wednesday to remain in third with $1.196 million. That represented a healthy 38 percent decline from last Thursday. Now You See Me took third place for the week with $16.89 million. That was down 39 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $86.58 million. Now You See Me is now just $13.42 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Turning towards this weekend's box office picture, Paramount's World War Z and Disney's Monsters University were off to respective estimated late night starts of $3.6 million and $2.6 million. Shows for both films started at 8 p.m. and as is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performances. The $3.6 million late night gross for World War Z was nearly on par with the $3.56 million midnight take of last year's Prometheus, while the late night gross for Monsters University was 35 percent below the $4.0 million midnight take of 2010's Toy Story 3.
Check back throughout the weekend for further box office updates on the progress of Monsters University, World War Z and Man of Steel.