‘Lantern’ earns US$52.7 mil. at US box office1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Ryan Reynolds is the latest superhero to rule the weekend box office.
Reynolds’ “Green Lantern” debuted at No. 1 with US$52.7 million, a fair but unremarkable opening stacked up against other comic-book adaptations.
Released by Warner Bros., “Green Lantern” brought up the rear among superhero movies to open so far this summer, behind the US$65.7 million debut of “Thor” and the US$55.1 million launch of “X-Men: First Class.”
The previous weekend’s top flick, Paramount Pictures’ science-fiction adventure “Super 8,” slipped to No. 2 with US$21.3 million. Its domestic total rose to US$72.8 million.
Jim Carrey’s family comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” had a frosty start as the 20th Century Fox release came in at No. 3 with US$18.2 million.
Adapted from the DC Comics series, “Green Lantern” stars Reynolds as a cocky test pilot who gains superpowers after he becomes the first human recruit of a galactic police force.
The movie was trashed by critics, and after a solid US$21.6 million haul on opening day Friday, “Green Lantern” trailed off sharply as revenues dropped 22 percent Saturday. That’s often a sign that a movie lacks staying power, since revenues for new releases typically rise on Saturday.