Superman soars to the top of the box office

Superman Returns grossed a solid $106 million in its first week of release in the United States, according to estimates from Box Office Mojo.

The new Warner Brothers/DC Comics film from Bryan Singer claimed the number one spot at the box office and is at a pace ahead of last year’s highly successful Batman Begins movie, also from Warner/DC.

Superman Returns is selling about the same number of tickets as Singer’s own X-Men hit from 2000, which was released by 20th Century Fox/Marvel Enterprises.

During the Independence Day holiday weekend, Superman Returns grossed $53 million, which puts it behind the $65 million earned by last summer’s War of the Worlds on the same weekend.

Superman Returns stars Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.