‘Green Lantern’ lights up the box office
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Superhero comic book adaptation “Green Lantern” was the box-office champion this weekend, with an estimated $52.6 million in North American ticket sales as it debuted at number one.
Canadian heart-throb Ryan Reynolds stars as superhero Hal Jordan and Blake Lively as love interest Carol Ferris in the $200 million live-action movie in which Green Lantern Corps warriors try to defeat supervillain Parallax.
One foe “Green Lantern” did defeat this weekend was “Super 8,” which marked its second box office week with $21 million at the number two spot. The J.J. Abrams sci-fi thriller had debuted at number one last week.
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” starring comedian Jim Carrey, landed at number three in its first weekend and brought in $18 million.
In fourth place, “X-Men: First Class” spent its third week at the box office raking in $11.5 million. The Marvel comic superhero film has brought in almost $120 million domestically and more than $150 million internationally.
But so far this summer the highest grossing domestic release is “The Hangover: Part II,” which refuses to let the party die. In its fourth week it took in an estimated $9.6 million, making its grand total $232 million.
On a global level “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” has hijacked ticket sales and grossed $220 million and $952 globally, which makes it the 11th biggest box office hit ever.
“Kung Fu Panda 2” kept up the fight by coming in at number six after four weeks, “Bridesmaids” walked down the aisle to the tune of number seven and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” clocked in at number nine.
Rounding out the top 10 during its second week was “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” with $2.2 million in estimated ticket sales.