Well the numbers are in, and Warner Brothers' decision to move Bryan Singer's blockbuster-hopeful Superman Returnsforward by a few days seems to have paid off. Early accounting has Superman Returns pulling in a very respectable 21 million dollars on it's opening night, good for eighth place on the all-time Wednesday opener list. Now sure, that's only half of what fellow superhero flick Spider-Man 2 (the Wednesday opener record holder) raked in, but keep in mind Superman has been on a very long silver screen hiatus, and still has a major July 4th weekend coming up for it's opening week. To put this into perspective, War of the Worlds had very similar opening numbers on a Wednesday, and went on to have an enormous opening week and a great box office run overall. If you are rooting for Superman, there are plenty of positive indications in these early numbers.

The rub, of course, is that Warner Bros. knows Superman desperately needs a great opening week, because that's about all the time they'll have before meeting some very serious box office competition in the form of the very anticipated return of Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean. It was the fear of this flick which chased Superman back to Wednesday to begin with, hoping for a few more days of box office dominance for the Man of Steel. Hang on tight, kids, it's going to be a great box office ride these next few weeks. ...