(London Daily Telegraph) With its promise of action and romance, not to mention a stellar cast led by the British actor Henry Cavill and a slick marketing campaign, the new Superman film was always expected to be a box office hit.

But the record-breaking takings for Man of Steel can be attributed in part to America’s mega-churches, which encouraged congregations to see the film by likening the superhero to Jesus.

The film took in $125 million over the weekend in America, the biggest June opening in cinema history and one of the biggest openings ever.

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