Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan’s Superman reboot Man of Steel took in $196.7m worldwide.
In the US, the film took in $125.1m, including $12m from special screenings ahead of general release. Outside of the US, it took a further $71.6m in 24 markets, including $17.1m in the UK – almost on par with Iron Man 3 released earlier this summer - $9.9m in South Korea and $9.8m in Mexico.
Coming in second and third place respectively over the Father’s Day weekend was Fast & Furious 6, which took in $29.4m, and After Earth taking $27.8m.
The recent success of action and superhero films may be down to an increasingly globalised market, says Tyler Cowen of economics blog Marginal Revolution, which has skewed audiences towards Asian males, and in turn lowered the return on a good dialogue and increased the return on good action.
The changing demographic of audience members may also be affecting the gender balance on screen. A recent study by the University of South Carolina's Annenberg School for Communication and Jounralism found that just 28.4 per cent of speaking characters in 2012 movies were female. This is down from 30.3 per cent in 2010 and 32.8 per cent in 2008.