Friday Report: 'Green Lantern' Leads Modest Corps

by Brandon Gray
Green Lantern

June 18, 2011

Friday wasn't the brightest day for Green Lantern, but the comic book adaptation still drew an estimated $21.6 million on approximately 7,200 screens at 3,816 locations.

Green Lantern had a slightly higher first day gross than X-Men: First Class's $21.4 million, but it was less than Thor's $25.5 million. The gross was also comparable to The Incredible Hulk and the two Fantastic Four movies. In terms of estimated attendance, though, Green Lantern trailed all of those movies.

A precise 3D location count was unavailable for Green Lantern as of this writing, but it had at least 2,700. Those 3D sites accounted for an estimated 46 percent of the gross. The 3D share was close to Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides but down from Thor's 60 percent.

If Green Lantern behaves like comparable June superhero movies, its weekend will come in close to $57 million.

Mr. Popper's Penguins slid in to second with an estimated $6.4 million on around 4,200 screens at 3,339 locations. That was tepid for a Jim Carrey comedy or family vehicle and was in the same range as Surf's Up.

Collapsing 51 percent, Super 8 made an estimated $6 million for a $57.5 million haul in eight days. While its Friday-to-Friday percentage drop was smaller than District 9, Battle: Los Angeles and Cloverfield among others, it was not a show of theatrical longevity, though it will likely move up to second place for the weekend.

X-Men: First Class ranked fourth with an estimated $3.35 million, which was the lowest-grossing third Friday yet for an X-Men movie. The reboot prequel's tally climbed to $111.8 million in 15 days, also the lowest of the series.

The Hangover Part II rounded out the Top Five with an estimated $3.2 million for a $226.2 million tally in 23 days. It was followed by Kung Fu Panda 2 with an estimated $2.5 million for a $137.2 million total, also in 23 days.

Midnight in Paris saw the smallest decline among nationwide releases after a slight expansion. The Woody Allen comedy eased four percent to an estimated $1.4 million, increasing its sum to $18 million in 29 days. Though usually the best holder on a given weekend, Bridesmaids was the bridesmaid this time, though the comedy was down only 24 percent to an estimated $2.3 million for a stellar $131.7 million total in 36 days.

Meanwhile, The Art of Getting By didn't get by, making a mere estimated $296,000 in its debut at 610 locations. The Tree of Life expanded to 114 locations and made more, coming in at an estimated $323,000 for a $3.06 million sum in 22 days, but it's no Midnight in Paris.

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