Warner Brothers’ Martin Campbell-directed Green Lantern opened to a solid $3.35M midnight showings from 1,810 theaters. That was better than Marvel/Paramount’s “Thor” ($3.25M) and only slightly behind 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: First Class” ($3.37M).
According to estimates, Green Lantern grossed $21.605M on Friday (this includes the $3.35M midnight figure). Saturday is going to be very important and will be the deciding factor on whether the film gets closer to $65M or closer to a $55M opening weekend.
Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong.
The only other new release opening this week is the Jim Carrey family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins which opened in second place with an estimated $6.4M. Super 8 followed in third with an estimated $6.005M ($57.536M cume), with X-Men: First Class dropping to fourth (est. $3.35M / $111.775M) and The Hangover Part II rounding out the top five with an estimated $3.18M ($226.219M).