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Green Lantern opens to disappointing $53.2M [Updated]

Update: Article updated with final numbers and foreign box office.

After a solid midnight number and promising Friday debut — $3.35M midnight / $21.387M FridayGreen Lantern sank 22% on Saturday to $16.681M and $15.107M on Sunday for a $53.174M opening weekend from 3,816 conventional and 3D theaters. The only positive is that the film had a slightly better Sunday that WB originally projected. The 9% dip on Sunday is okay.

This is a disappointing opening for the Martin Campbell-directed 3D DC Comics property. Heading into the weekend expectations were for at least $55-60M with even $65M+ potential. It appears that negative reviews are not being offset by any positive word of mouth. Moviegoers were willing to give it a shot at Midnight and Friday screenings, but that didn’t translate to Saturday or today. These numbers certainly don’t bode well for long legs at the box office, but you never know. Overseas box office will now play a bigger factor in determining the long-term success of the film. And on that front, the film added $17M from just 10 foreign markets for a $70.174M worldwide opening.

The only other wide releasing new film this weekend was The Jim Carrey-comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins which opened in a soft third place with $18.445M. That left enough of an opening for Super 8 to place second in its second weekend with a better than expected $21.472M (down just 39% for a $73.003M 10-day cume).

Rounding out the top five were X-Men: First Class in fourth with $11.934M ($120.358M cume) and The Hangover Part II in fifth place with $10.071M ($233.111M cume).

Here are some selected worldwide cumes:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $952.647M ($731.9M foreign)
  • Fast Five – $591.817M ($385.0M foreign)
  • The Hangover Part II – $489.111M ($256.0M foreign)
  • Thor – $435.214M ($259.103M foreign)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 – $423.670M ($280.0M foreign)
  • X-Men: First Class – $282.458M ($162.1M foreign)
  • Super 8 – $94.574M ($21.571M foreign)

Source: Box Office Mojo