The Ryan Reynolds' starrer Green Lantern knocked JJ Abrams’ Super 8 out of the top spot this week, grossing $52.7 million on its opening weekend. However, Super 8 didn’t go too far down, taking the number two spot with $21.3 million. Another new entrant to make the top five this weekend was the Jim Carrey comedy, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which grossed $18.2 million. X-Men: First Class saw a big drop in numbers this weekend, going from second place to fourth, earning only $11.5 million. The Hangover Part II also fell two places to number five, making $9.6 million. Following suit was the animated Kung Fu Panda 2, which fell from the number four spot to number six, earning $8.7 million. The sleeper hit Bridesmaids came in seventh with $7.5 million. Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dropped to eighth place, grossing only $6.2 million, while Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris made $5.2 million in ninth place. Bringing up the rear was Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, which grossed $2.2 million.

  1. Green Lantern, $52.7m; $52.7m; New
  2. Super 8, $21.3m; $72.8m; 1
  3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $18.2m; $18.2m; New
  4. X-Men: First Class, $11.5m; $119.9; 2
  5. The Hangover Part II, $9.6m; $232.7m; 3
  6. Kung Fu Panda 2, $8.7m; $143.3m; 4
  7. Bridesmaids, $7.5m; $136.8m; 6
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $6.2m; $220.3m; 5
  9. Midnight in Paris, $5.2m; $21.8m; 8
  10. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, $2.2m; $11.2m; 7


  • Sophia Hurrell
    Sophia Hurrell on

    Green Lantern might have won the box office this weekend but it still has been called a 'failure' and 'huge disappointment.' It did bring in $52.7 million opening weekend but that is nothing considering it's $200-300 million budget. This film has had the worst opening for a comic book movie this summer

  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    I agree, I also found the opening weekend gross to be disappointing for a big-budget comic book film, especially given the huge opening weekends for films like The Dark Knight or the X-Men series. I also think that Ryan Reynolds does not exactly fit the superhero mold; I think he's better off doing comedies like Adventureland and Definitely, Maybe. Maybe casting a more popular and action-oriented star would have made The Green Lantern more successful.

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