Box Office: 'Green Lantern' lights a fire with a $21.6 million Friday
'Mr. Popper's Penguins' posts OK numbers for second place
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The reviews have been dismal, but an intense marketing campaign, a hero over 70-years-old and being the star of one of the most popular comic books in America may have saved "Green Lantern" at the box office.Â The Martin Campbell directed adventure collected $21.6 million on Friday for what should be a $58-60 million weekend.Â That would be less than "Thor" debuted with last month ($65 million), but a bit higher than the $55 million "X-Men: First Class" debuted to two weeks ago.Â Of course, that well regarded reboot didn't have the benefit of IMAX or 3D screens, but Warner Bros. will breathe a sigh of relief the DC hero got off to such a solid start.Â At this point, whether the film can make up its $200 million budget will largely depend on how it fares overseas.
Battling "Penguins" for second place this weekend will be last weekend's champ, "Super 8."Â The J.J. Abrams retro-thriller found another $6 million on Friday for $57.5 million in just 8 days.Â It could also finish between $17-19 million.
Look for complete box office weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.
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