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‘Green Lantern’ tops weekend box office, but lacks wattage

A fighter pilot (Ryan Reynolds with Blake Lively) is given super powers “Green Lantern.”

A fighter pilot (Ryan Reynolds, with Blake Lively) is given super powers in “Green Lantern.”

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Weekend box office

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and
Canadian theaters:

1. Green Lantern $52.7 mill.

2. Super 8 $21.3 mill.

3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins $18.2 mill.

4. X-Men: First Class $11.5 mill.

5. The Hangover Part II $9.6 mill.

6. Kung Fu Panda 2 $8.7 mill.

7. Bridesmaids $7.5 mill.

8. Pirates: Stranger Tides $6.2 mill.

9. Midnight in Paris $5.2 mill.

10. Judy Moody ... $2.2 mill.

Updated: June 20, 2011 3:17AM

“Green Lantern” glowed brightly enough to rule the box office this weekend, but it wasn’t quite a blinding debut.

The Ryan Reynolds action film lit theaters for $52.7 million, according to studio estimates from box-office tracking firm

That fell below the projections of some analysts, who expected the family-friendly comic-book adaptation to take in $60 million.

Since “Thor” earned a healthy $176 million in May, comic-book heroes have since lost some momentum. “X-Men: First Class” has done $119.9 million in three weeks, a subpar performance for a movie that cost $160 million to make.

“Many action fans may have comic-book fatigue,” says Gitesh Pandya of

The Jim Carrey comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” met the low end of expectations, taking third place with $18.2 million.

Gannett News Service

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