Man of Steel's red carpet premiere in the U.S. was attended by its main cast members in New York City on June 10, 2013. The film was released to the general public on June 14, 2013, in conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters. Some critics highlighted the film's narrative, acting, visuals and reinvention of the titular character, while others were critical of the film's pacing and lack of character development.
As of August 22, 2013, Man of Steel has earned $289,875,976 in North America and an estimated $359,500,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $649,375,976, making it the highest-grossing Superman film ever, and the second-highest-grossing reboot of all time behind The Amazing Spider-Man, although it did beat the Spider-Man reboot in the domestic run. The film earned $116.6 million on its opening weekend, including $17.5 million from IMAX theaters.
Man of Steel made $12.1 million from a Thursday night Wal-Mart screening program, and an additional $9 million from midnight shows. This marked Warner Bros.' third-highest advance night/midnight opening, and the biggest advance night/midnight debut for a non-sequel. The film eventually earned $44.0 million during its opening Friday (including midnight grosses) and $56.1 million when the Thursday night showings are included. The opening-day gross was the second highest for a non-sequel, and the 20th largest overall. Its opening weekend gross of $116.6 million was the second-highest of 2013, behind Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and the second-highest among non-sequels, behind The Hunger Games ($152.5 million). It also broke Toy Story 3's record ($110.3 million) for the highest weekend debut in June. However, on its second weekend, against stiffer competition, Man of Steel's box office fell almost 65%—almost 68%, if the Thursday night gross is included. Box Office Mojo called it an "abnormally large drop," close to the second weekend decline for Green Lantern.
Man of Steel earned $73.3 million on its opening weekend from 24 countries, which includes $4.2 million from 79 IMAX theaters, setting a June opening-weekend record for IMAX. The film set an opening-day record in the Philippines with $1.66 million. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta, Man of Steel earned $5.6 million on its opening day and £11.2 million ($17.47 million) on its opening weekend, which was the biggest opening of 2013 so far. Its biggest opener outside the U.S. was in China, with $25.9 million in four days (Thursday to Sunday).