In its second weekend of release, “Green Lantern’s” box office take fell 66% from its debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Warner Bros film grossed $18.4 million for a total domestic return of $89.3 million to date. With stiff competition from the family film “Cars 2” and the comedy “Bad Teacher,” the superhero antics of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps dropped to the number three spot.
Adding in foreign sales, the film is only at $118.7 million (according to Box Office Mojo). Compared to the summer’s other superhero films, “Green Lantern” takes third position behind “Thor,” which currently has a worldwide figure of $436.7 million, and “X-Men: First Class” with its $317.2 million gross. Those films experienced a 47% and 56% drop in their second weekend business respectively. Next month sees the release of “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Cowboys & Aliens.” While only one features a character in a bright uniform, the films go into release a week apart and will no doubt be watched very closely by anxious studios wondering if “Green Lantern” was just an anomaly or a sign that the public is cooling on super heroes.
At the same time, the story isn’t over for the Emerald Knight as the film has yet to premiere in many markets across Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Australia. The Japanese release of the film is set for the July 22nd. Also, the makers of “Green Lantern” are going forward with developing a sequel. According to another THR article, “Sources say Warners still believes in the franchise, even if the studio is somewhat disappointed with ‘Green Lantern’s’ result.” The studio is also betting on superheroes for next summer with the release of “Superman: The Man of Steel” and the highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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