The reviews have been dismal, but an intense marketing campaign, a hero over 70-years-old and being the star of one of the most popular comic books in America may have saved “Green Lantern” at the box office.Â The Martin Campbell directed adventure collected $21.6 million on Friday for what should be a $58-60 million weekend.Â That would be less than “Thor” debuted with last month ($65 million), but a bit higher than the $55 million “X-Men: First Class” debuted to two weeks ago.Â Of course, that well regarded reboot didn’t have the benefit of IMAX or 3D screens, but Warner Bros. will breathe a sigh of relief the DC hero got off to such a solid start.Â At this point, whether the film can make up its $200 million budget will largely depend on how it fares overseas.
Waddling in with $6.4 million in second place was “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”Â The Jim Carrey family film looks like it will gross $17-19 million for the three-day.Â Even with a reported budget of just $55 million, that’s got to be a bit disappointing for 20th Century Fox.Â And yet, opening against a kid-friendly superhero flick probably wasn’t the smartest date for the comedy.Â This could end up being Carrey’s smallest wide release debut since “The Number 23” counted just $14 million in 2007.
Battling “Penguins” for second place this weekend will be last weekend’s champ, “Super 8.”Â The J.J. Abrams retro-thriller found another $6 million on Friday for $57.5 million in just 8 days.Â It could also finish between $17-19 million.
Look for complete box office weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.