Box Office Report: ‘Green Lantern’ Eyeing $58-$60 Million Opening Weekend

UPDATED: Paramount’s holdover “Super 8” expected to beat new opener Jim Carrey’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” for the No. 2 spot.

Ryan Reynolds starrer Green Lantern got off to a strong start at the domestic box office, grossing an estimated $22 million on Friday to easily beat the competition.
That puts the 3D superhero pic on track to gross $58 million to $60 million over Father’s Day weekend in what’s welcome news for Warners Bros., considering the studio spent $200 million to produce the movie.

Friday’s tally includes $3.4 million in midnight grosses.
The weekend’s other new entry, Jim Carrey’s family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins, grossed an estimated $6.7 million on Friday.


From 20th Century Fox, Popper’s Penguins is expected to gross $17 million to $19 million for the weekend in what’s a disappointing start, even if Popper’s Penguins only cost $55 million to produce.
After Green Lantern, Friday’s other headline was holdover Super 8, which grossed an estimated $6 million for the day.

Super 8, from Paramount, is now expected to beat Popper’s Penguins and come in No. 2 for the weekend with a gross of $20 million. That’s a great hold, considering the sci-fi pic opened to $35.5 million last weekend.

In recent days, Fox lowered its expectations for the movie because of soft tracking. Based on Friday business, Popper’s Penguins is looking at a weekend gross of $17 million to $19 million.

That’s better than Fox’s estimate of $10 million to $15 million, but still less than what the studio originally hoped for.


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