Green Lantern beats Super 8 to top the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

There will be much scrutinization over the next few days about the performance of Warner Brothers’ GREEN LANTERN.  The film did well in early showings and was even tracking better than most expected, but it lost steam going into Saturday.  Some are going to look at the film’s $53 million opening and feel that it did well given the bad publicity and poor marketing efforts.  Some are going to look at that number and feel it did poorly since it had a reported $300 million budget.  To put it in perspective, the other summer comic book movies this year, THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, earned $65  and $55 million respectively). Personally, the film was set up for failure after the horrible first trailer.  From that point on, WB went into recover mode and the film couldn’t get past it.  Critics around the net have been overly harsh on the film, despite the overall sentiment that it was a fun time.  I liken this to last year’s THE A-TEAM in which it opened up to lousy reviews and lack of interest, but was still more fun than a lot of summer movies.  I guess the next question is; who is Hollywood going to blame?  Ryan Reynolds?  Director Martin Campbell?  Warner Brothers?

The other new movie of the week was the embarrassingly bad MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS.  It was generally understood that Jim Carrey ignored the advice to avoid doing this film because he wanted to work with penguins.  I guess when you’ve made as much money as Mr. Carrey, you can choose movies like that.  But it didn’t even manage a second place showing and instead fell to the third spot behind SUPER 8.

Next week belongs to CARS 2 and BAD TEACHER.  I can’t say I’m thrilled about either film, but the kids are going to come out in droves to see the CARS sequel.  I’m curious to see how BAD TEACHER performs since Diaz isn’t exactly box office gold.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern

1. Green Lantern $52.6m

2. Super 8 $21.2m

3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins $18.2m

4. X-Men: First Class $11.5m

5. The Hangover Part 2 $9.6m

6. Kung Fu Panda 2 $8.7m

7. Bridesmaids$7.4m

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $6.2m

9. Midnight in Paris $5.2m

10. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer $2.2m

Source: Deadline

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