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Green Lantern slips into 1st place

Despite scathing reviews and a supposedly massive budget (rumors report a $200M production budget and a $125M marketing budget -- although the studio denies these figures), GREEN LANTERN did manage to nab the #1 spot in its first weekend of release with close to $53M in receipts. The film becomes the lowest superhero movie opening of the summer (THOR - $65M, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS - $55M) and might not even hit $100M when all is said and done. Generally, films pick up their business from Friday to Saturday on opening weekends, but in the case of GREEN LANTERN, its figures actually dropped by 22% from Friday to Saturday, which is a sign that people aren't recommending the film to one another.

Jim Carrey and his penguins didn't fare any better with a 3rd place opening and only $18M in receipts. That film wasn't as badly maligned by critics, but obviously it didn't "connect" with enough families to rake in the big bucks like most summer family movies. Fox's "everybody loves penguins" theory might not have been enough to carry this film to the bigger dollars.

Last week's #1 movie, SUPER 8, managed to stick around in second place this weekend, losing only 40% of its audience and raising its total to $73M after only 10 days of release. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS dropped from 2nd to 4th place this week, but still managed to raise its domestic total to $120M since its release. The film that I'm more surprised about is KUNG FU PANDA 2, even though it seems to be making decent money (it's made $143M since its release 4 weeks ago), but now sits in 6th place with CARS 2 opening next weekend. It certainly doesn't look as though it will beat its predecessor's $215M total when its theatrical run is complete.

In the meantime, THE HANGOVER, PART II, which opened over the same weekend as KUNG FU PANDA 2, has now generated more than $232M, which only pads its lead over the latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN flick, as the #1 movie of 2011 so far. For those keeping track at home, the original HANGOVER film made $277M back in 2009. So even though the sequel may not beat that number this time around, it certainly will get pretty close, as it still sat in 5th place this weekend, with another $10M added to its total.

BRIDESMAIDS continues to be nobody's bridesmaid this summer, as its continues to impress in 7th place after six weeks of release. The film, which apparently only cost $32M to make, has made over $136M so far and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Finally, we can't discuss the weekend figures without, once again, mentioning how Woody Allen's latest movie actually has "legs" at the box-office, losing only 10% of its audience from last weekend, and now closing in on the $22M mark. It's to note that the last Allen movie to make more than $23M was HANNAH AND HER SISTERS back in 1986!!! (it grossed $40M back then) The two films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend include FAST FIVE ($207) and THOR ($176M). The films respectively sit in 3rd and 4th place on the 2011 top-grossing movies list.

Next weekend sees the release of two very different summer blockbuster movies with CARS 2 targeting the families/children in the audience, while Cameron Diaz's BAD TEACHER focuses on the R-rated comedy crowd. When the original CARS was released back in 2006, it opened with $60M and ended up making $244M overall. So how much do you think CARS 2 will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

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

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11:06PM on 06/19/2011
Green Lantern wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, but there is room for improvement if a sequel gets made. I can't believe a studioe would spend $200 million to make this movie. I know studios want to find the next Iron Man or Dark Knight to make huge money, but green lantern isn't going to have that same appeal and to expect the same results is just dumb.
Green Lantern wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, but there is room for improvement if a sequel gets made. I can't believe a studioe would spend $200 million to make this movie. I know studios want to find the next Iron Man or Dark Knight to make huge money, but green lantern isn't going to have that same appeal and to expect the same results is just dumb.
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12:34AM on 06/20/2011
I disagree. If anything the success of Iron Man helped to get this greenlit. My feeling is that Iron Man numbers is exactly what they were expecting. Maybe what they should have done was drop people into the action like Marvel did with Iron Man and Thor and then go back and fill in the details. They could have started with Hal Jordan finding the spacecraft and calling his friend for help. God, it's so easy to see what they could have done in retrospect.
I disagree. If anything the success of Iron Man helped to get this greenlit. My feeling is that Iron Man numbers is exactly what they were expecting. Maybe what they should have done was drop people into the action like Marvel did with Iron Man and Thor and then go back and fill in the details. They could have started with Hal Jordan finding the spacecraft and calling his friend for help. God, it's so easy to see what they could have done in retrospect.
2:33AM on 06/20/2011
People had their doubts about Iron Man because of RDJ & the same doubts about Heath Ledger as The Joker & both ended up being great & huge at the box office. Since now both IM films grossed over $300 mil the expectations are higher for each new comic film & it looks like not one comic book film this year will even top $200 mil, we will have to see how capt. America fares. I think the highest grossing summer film will be the final harry potter cuz it has the fan base & ppl know the story & plus
People had their doubts about Iron Man because of RDJ & the same doubts about Heath Ledger as The Joker & both ended up being great & huge at the box office. Since now both IM films grossed over $300 mil the expectations are higher for each new comic film & it looks like not one comic book film this year will even top $200 mil, we will have to see how capt. America fares. I think the highest grossing summer film will be the final harry potter cuz it has the fan base & ppl know the story & plus it looks great.
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12:50AM on 06/20/2011
Am I the only one that's shocked that that P.O.S. Pirates 4 has almost made a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales?
Am I the only one that's shocked that that P.O.S. Pirates 4 has almost made a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales?
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5:29PM on 06/19/2011
I think Green Lantern will find a way to make its money back.
I think Green Lantern will find a way to make its money back.
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11:30PM on 06/19/2011
Glad to see FIRST CLASS quietly holding in there, hopefully we can get a sequel from Vaughn/Singer.
Glad to see FIRST CLASS quietly holding in there, hopefully we can get a sequel from Vaughn/Singer.
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7:19PM on 06/19/2011

Midnight in Paris...

What an entertaining movie, I'm thrilled audiences continue to pick-up on it.
What an entertaining movie, I'm thrilled audiences continue to pick-up on it.
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6:38PM on 06/19/2011

focus

i find what hurts a comic book film more than bad story and lousy acting and bad CGI is simply that the studio lacks focus, i personally believe a comic book movie should never cost more than 90 Million ever. the way to achieve this stop hiring large stars with huge salaries simply becausae the people like them now, hire people who are hungry for the role who will bring the character alive and not be over shadowed by celebrity, second hire the writers of the comic book to tell the tale, they
i find what hurts a comic book film more than bad story and lousy acting and bad CGI is simply that the studio lacks focus, i personally believe a comic book movie should never cost more than 90 Million ever. the way to achieve this stop hiring large stars with huge salaries simply becausae the people like them now, hire people who are hungry for the role who will bring the character alive and not be over shadowed by celebrity, second hire the writers of the comic book to tell the tale, they are the most experienced and can write a story worthy of the character, third if a character is CG heavy develop the effects as a mixture, it probably would been cheaper to just build effects and instead of a cloud paralax make it humanoid save some cash, or prostetic/ motion capture the alien characters. film makers and studios are throwing focus the wrong place, the geek fandom will gain you 50 million almost guaranteed, and if the story is told well enough you will gain the rest. stop trying to see us on the bells and whistles when all we want is the bike, we will pay more for a bike that works than for a bike of all flash. having said that green lantern 3.5/5 worth a watch at matinee price
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6:56PM on 06/19/2011
Actually what hurts comic book movies is that they are all meant to be franchises. The writers are thinking this is the origin story and the next movie will blow people away but if the first movie doesn't blow people away then the sequel won't be greenlit. That being said, I thought Green Lantern was pretty good. Maybe if they had marketed it as a drama with special effects instead of as a cartoon with live action then people would have been more patient while watching it.
Actually what hurts comic book movies is that they are all meant to be franchises. The writers are thinking this is the origin story and the next movie will blow people away but if the first movie doesn't blow people away then the sequel won't be greenlit. That being said, I thought Green Lantern was pretty good. Maybe if they had marketed it as a drama with special effects instead of as a cartoon with live action then people would have been more patient while watching it.
12:41AM on 06/20/2011
Fans won't be tired of comic book movies when Batman & Catwoman take over the screen next summer.
Fans won't be tired of comic book movies when Batman & Catwoman take over the screen next summer.
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9:02PM on 06/19/2011
Pretty sure this site was already set against green lantern from the start all they did was constantly bah the suit and what not.
Pretty sure this site was already set against green lantern from the start all they did was constantly bah the suit and what not.
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9:31PM on 06/19/2011
Part of what makes JoBlo.com a FAN-site is that we're movie fans who provide OUR OPINIONS about films, as they get announced, they're developed, as pictures show up online and then trailers. THAT'S WHAT WE DO HERE. To "bash" us for that makes no sense whatsoever. If a movie LOOKS like it sucks...we'll say so. If a movie LOOKS good, we'll say so as well.

In the end, everyone (including our own critics) can make up their own minds when the film is finally released, but part of our mandate as a
Part of what makes JoBlo.com a FAN-site is that we're movie fans who provide OUR OPINIONS about films, as they get announced, they're developed, as pictures show up online and then trailers. THAT'S WHAT WE DO HERE. To "bash" us for that makes no sense whatsoever. If a movie LOOKS like it sucks...we'll say so. If a movie LOOKS good, we'll say so as well.

In the end, everyone (including our own critics) can make up their own minds when the film is finally released, but part of our mandate as a "movie fansite" and hopefully one of the reasons that over 100,000 visitors check out our site on a daily basis is because we have CREDIBILITY and don't just bash/praise according to agendas or being friends with the directors or just plain being "haters".
12:00AM on 06/20/2011
Get 'em JoBlo! LOL Learn him some manners!
Get 'em JoBlo! LOL Learn him some manners!
12:42AM on 06/20/2011
Yes and no. People on this site thought Green Lantern was going to suck but after actually seeing the movie people on this site were also shocked by the way critics have been down on the film.
Yes and no. People on this site thought Green Lantern was going to suck but after actually seeing the movie people on this site were also shocked by the way critics have been down on the film.
12:50AM on 06/20/2011
Besides people on this site also though X-Men First Class and The Social Network were both going to stink. People can admit to being wrong.
Besides people on this site also though X-Men First Class and The Social Network were both going to stink. People can admit to being wrong.
12:44AM on 06/20/2011
Bad Teacher is a Summer Blockbuster?
Bad Teacher is a Summer Blockbuster?
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2:36AM on 06/20/2011
Bad teacher = more like bad movie dat will bomb, the best line is in the trailer about Lebron.
Bad teacher = more like bad movie dat will bomb, the best line is in the trailer about Lebron.
5:16PM on 06/19/2011
Haven't the figures for First Class, Green Lantern and Thor been generally below expectations? I wouldn't mind if this meant a possible break here and there from the barrage of comic book movies. Either way, I'm happy to see 3D really disappoint studios lately. Let that trend die.
Haven't the figures for First Class, Green Lantern and Thor been generally below expectations? I wouldn't mind if this meant a possible break here and there from the barrage of comic book movies. Either way, I'm happy to see 3D really disappoint studios lately. Let that trend die.
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9:19PM on 06/19/2011
I disagree with the notion audiences are tired of comic book films, because while both Thor & First Class were good films, how many people actually were interested in a Green Lantern movie. Not every comic film has the fan base of say Batman, Superman & Spider-Man (ironic since we will get all 3 next year) We can blame x-men's gross on the bad taste from the last 2 entries, but it will make money once released on blu-ray/dvd. people nowadays are just smart enough to know if they wanna spend
I disagree with the notion audiences are tired of comic book films, because while both Thor & First Class were good films, how many people actually were interested in a Green Lantern movie. Not every comic film has the fan base of say Batman, Superman & Spider-Man (ironic since we will get all 3 next year) We can blame x-men's gross on the bad taste from the last 2 entries, but it will make money once released on blu-ray/dvd. people nowadays are just smart enough to know if they wanna spend $ on a movie & especially if its trying to milk more $ by being made in 3D, they will not be fooled again. Take note hollywood & stop all the 3d movies, remakes no one wants & pointless sequels, even though the top 3 this year are in fact sequels.
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10:33PM on 06/19/2011
Its that the audience is tired of mundane mediocre comic book adaptations and are expecting top notch TDK execution and people are not being given enough credit as they are introduced to this back to the 90s camp comedy style rather than serious poetic tone that Watchmen, 300 TDK, Blade Xmen 1&2 gave them even tho Xmen is not my cup of tea it took itself more serious than this new wave of post 2005 marvel movies. GL is more Fantastic Four than The Dark Knight and I dont see how the studios
Its that the audience is tired of mundane mediocre comic book adaptations and are expecting top notch TDK execution and people are not being given enough credit as they are introduced to this back to the 90s camp comedy style rather than serious poetic tone that Watchmen, 300 TDK, Blade Xmen 1&2 gave them even tho Xmen is not my cup of tea it took itself more serious than this new wave of post 2005 marvel movies. GL is more Fantastic Four than The Dark Knight and I dont see how the studios havent figured that we want MORE...we are done with cheesy shit
12:40AM on 06/20/2011
I thought Thor was just okay. What did Thor have that could have made Green Lantern a better film. Did anybody laugh when Kat Dennings used a taser on Thor?
I thought Thor was just okay. What did Thor have that could have made Green Lantern a better film. Did anybody laugh when Kat Dennings used a taser on Thor?
12:55AM on 06/20/2011
What did Thor have? How about a credible villain that was actually developed properly and not hilarious unlike Green Lantern fighting off the elephant man
What did Thor have? How about a credible villain that was actually developed properly and not hilarious unlike Green Lantern fighting off the elephant man
4:55AM on 06/20/2011
You mean Loki?

Actually, come to think of it, Dr. Hammond was a better villain than Bruce Banner's father in The Hulk.
You mean Loki?

Actually, come to think of it, Dr. Hammond was a better villain than Bruce Banner's father in The Hulk.
5:25PM on 06/19/2011
That picture of Green Lantern for this article just looks kinda silly and awkward.

Anyways, I expect a massive drop to maybe $20 million or below for next week.. I can't see this movie having any legs at all. I'm very interested in Green Lantern but I just won't get around to seeing it in the theaters this summer. 2 tickets + a snack is already over $25 dollars and that's way too much for an average movie.. I still have to see Super 8 and that coupled with the word of mouth and July's huge
That picture of Green Lantern for this article just looks kinda silly and awkward.

Anyways, I expect a massive drop to maybe $20 million or below for next week.. I can't see this movie having any legs at all. I'm very interested in Green Lantern but I just won't get around to seeing it in the theaters this summer. 2 tickets + a snack is already over $25 dollars and that's way too much for an average movie.. I still have to see Super 8 and that coupled with the word of mouth and July's huge releases, Lantern will have to wait for blu-ray.
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12:56AM on 06/20/2011
I have a feeling this movie is gonna drop nasty next weekend
I have a feeling this movie is gonna drop nasty next weekend
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5:31PM on 06/19/2011

green lantern sadly sucked

i hope it keeps dropping until it barely makes $100 million,i wouldn'
t have said this a week ago cause i was really really looking forward to it,now i could barely give a shit about it.
i hope it keeps dropping until it barely makes $100 million,i wouldn'
t have said this a week ago cause i was really really looking forward to it,now i could barely give a shit about it.
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5:28AM on 06/20/2011

AS PREDICTED

My original post got deleted. Aghrh. Honestly the trailers were horrible and showed no potential. Even if the film was made for kids still I can't see anything fun for them except the costume. Unlike Thor it failed to capture both worlds and budget should have gone to action and less cgi world of aliens who no one will care or remember because of their poor dialogue. Michael Clark Duncan was the most annoying. Surprised by Blake Lively and Mark Strong.
My original post got deleted. Aghrh. Honestly the trailers were horrible and showed no potential. Even if the film was made for kids still I can't see anything fun for them except the costume. Unlike Thor it failed to capture both worlds and budget should have gone to action and less cgi world of aliens who no one will care or remember because of their poor dialogue. Michael Clark Duncan was the most annoying. Surprised by Blake Lively and Mark Strong.
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9:27PM on 06/19/2011

GL stunk

But I'm not surprised this is number one. The movie is for kids. It's under developed eye candy and nothing more. No thanks on seeing it again.
But I'm not surprised this is number one. The movie is for kids. It's under developed eye candy and nothing more. No thanks on seeing it again.
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4:27PM on 06/19/2011

Green Lantern was pretty...

garbage. Glad i bought a ticket for First Class instead of giving them my money. Great cast though.
garbage. Glad i bought a ticket for First Class instead of giving them my money. Great cast though.
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11:03PM on 06/19/2011
I was hoping it would have made less! It was so damn bad!
I was hoping it would have made less! It was so damn bad!
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11:53PM on 06/19/2011
Agreed. It was monumentally BAD!
Agreed. It was monumentally BAD!
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5:09AM on 06/20/2011

Unpopular opinion, but...

I prefer GL twice as much as I did to the overwhelmingly uneven X-MEN FIRST CLASS. Matthew Vaughn is very consistent, with the uneven LAYER CAKE, the uneven KICK-ASS, and now with X-MEN. While I understand some of the criticism of GL, it is far too harsh. It was a light, breezy and colorful film that sent me soaring at many parts. Yes, the idea is rote, but that doesn't stop it from being good. 8/10 on GL, and 4/10 on X-MEN.
I prefer GL twice as much as I did to the overwhelmingly uneven X-MEN FIRST CLASS. Matthew Vaughn is very consistent, with the uneven LAYER CAKE, the uneven KICK-ASS, and now with X-MEN. While I understand some of the criticism of GL, it is far too harsh. It was a light, breezy and colorful film that sent me soaring at many parts. Yes, the idea is rote, but that doesn't stop it from being good. 8/10 on GL, and 4/10 on X-MEN.
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8:59PM on 06/19/2011

GL deserves the spot

Green Lantern rocked and despite all the bad reviews and people forcing their opinions on other people it will get at least a trilogy. and it will easily make the 100 million mark if you dont beileve that your just oblivious and dumb. Plus i didnt expect this to make mass amounts of money its not a batman or superman. green lantern is waay lesser known than those.
Green Lantern rocked and despite all the bad reviews and people forcing their opinions on other people it will get at least a trilogy. and it will easily make the 100 million mark if you dont beileve that your just oblivious and dumb. Plus i didnt expect this to make mass amounts of money its not a batman or superman. green lantern is waay lesser known than those.
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10:35PM on 06/19/2011
despite reviews i went to watch it and didnt fall inlove. it was mediocre like thor
despite reviews i went to watch it and didnt fall inlove. it was mediocre like thor
11:07PM on 06/19/2011
A) Thank you for being an asshat. B) It DROPPED between Friday and Saturday, which almost never happens. 3) Just because you liked the movie, it doesn't mean that everyone who hated it is forcing anything on anyone. 4) It won't make it's budget back, even if it breaks $100mil. Sorry to dismiss your fantasies, but you are the oblivious one.
A) Thank you for being an asshat. B) It DROPPED between Friday and Saturday, which almost never happens. 3) Just because you liked the movie, it doesn't mean that everyone who hated it is forcing anything on anyone. 4) It won't make it's budget back, even if it breaks $100mil. Sorry to dismiss your fantasies, but you are the oblivious one.
11:50PM on 06/19/2011
LOL @ PulpFictionFan1
LOL @ PulpFictionFan1
5:17PM on 06/19/2011
I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but I think audiences are losing interest in comic movies. I might have seen Green Lantern or Thor 4 years ago, but I hardly have an apetite for another Batman at this stage.
I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but I think audiences are losing interest in comic movies. I might have seen Green Lantern or Thor 4 years ago, but I hardly have an apetite for another Batman at this stage.
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7:33PM on 06/19/2011
It was the Batman remark, wasn't it...
It was the Batman remark, wasn't it...
5:26PM on 06/19/2011
Glad to see "Green Lantern" at number one. It truly was a great superhero comic book movie and is everyting a "Green Lantern" movie should be. I just hope it has "legs" because this is a comic book movie and superhero who I would love to see get its own trilogy.
Glad to see "Green Lantern" at number one. It truly was a great superhero comic book movie and is everyting a "Green Lantern" movie should be. I just hope it has "legs" because this is a comic book movie and superhero who I would love to see get its own trilogy.
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