To say that Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively is getting mixed reviews is an understatement. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as of this post, has just a 23% approval among movie critics, according to the 153 reviews counters However, on the other side of the spectrum, 72% of the over 62,000 user reviewers say that they “liked it” with it just premiering in theaters Friday after a midnight release on late Thursday/early Friday. Based on the comments section of ComicBookMovie.com, which likely houses the film’s most core audience, the comic book audience — who, granted, are the most likely to be the most critical of the film — are panning the movie. One reviewer called the movie “inert, artificial and dead on arrival.” Another adds, “[Reynolds] does panicky comedy schtick to delay hard-to-sell oath-reciting heroism.”
During the midnight release on Thursday, the film drew $3.35 million, within the same boat that similar-skewing movies that were recently released did; X-Men: First Class brought in $3.37 million on June 2nd, and Thor did $3.25 million on May 5th. However, it should be noted that X-Men: First Class and Thor both had a budget significantly less than Green Lantern; the former had a budget of $160 million while Thor had exactly half the budget of Green Lantern — $150 million. While the film will likely end up surpassing its budget once everything is said and done, being in the same boat as similar-skewing movies that had half its budget isn’t exactly good news for the movie. Although, those that would come out for a midnight release are those devoted fans that have been by and large been criticizing the film.
Ultimately, X-Men: First Class raked in $55.1 million in its opening weekend while Thor did $65.7 million. With this being the third comic book-based movie released in a month-and-a-half and mixed reviews, will Green Lantern under perform this weekend, or will the core audience that have been by large panning it go out of their way to watch it?