The Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively starring film Green Lantern led the box office on Friday, 70% better than its nearest competitor. Green Lantern started its first day in theaters with a box office of $21.61 million, including the numbers it raked in during the special midnight release on late Thursday/early Friday. Compared to the other recent superhero films that have been released within the past month-and-a-half, however, it did barely over the initial release date of X-Men: First Class ($21.4 million) and under the numbers for Thor ($25.5 million).
While it will be spun that those are good numbers for Green Lantern given the rather mixed reviews for it, it should be noted that it has a reported budget of about $300 million. X-Men: First Class and Thor both each had a reported budget of exactly half that. Although it will likely end up making a profit once everything is said and done, the fact that it had 100% more the budget than Thor and it did 16% less than Thor is not very good. Through six weeks, Thor has now done an estimated $175 million, while X-Men: First Class has done $112 million through two weeks in theaters.
In other Friday box office news, the premiere of Mr. Popper’s Penguins raked in $6.4 million, Super 8 did $6 million ($57.54 million in total), X-Men: First Class brought in $3.35 million, and The Hangover Part II brought in an additional $3.18 million for a total gross of $226 million.