The Box Office of 6.17.11

It’s Ryan Reynolds’ abs versus Jim Carrey’s wit at last week’s box office. Who triumphed?

What's black and white and green all over?

Rank Film Title
Prev. Rank
1. Green Lantern $53,174,303 $53,174,303
2. Super 8 $21,472,020 $73,002,809
3. Mr. Popper’s Pengins $18,445,355 $18,445,355
4. X-Men: First Class $11,933,524 $120,358,086
5. Hangover Part II, The $10,071,339 $233,110,617
6. Kung Fu Panda 2 $9,027,671 $143,670,468
7. Bridesmaids $7,097,735 $136,450,725
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $6,646,249 $220,746,502
9. Midnight in Paris $4,884,800 $21,446,614
10. Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer $2,103,465 $11,029,307

All data courtesy of [Rentrak Corporation]

What a surprise, Green Lantern took number 1. What’s really shocking though is their earnings, a little over $53 million, which is actually pretty weak considering that it’s a summer superhero movie. This is actually less than X-Men: First Class opened with. Could America really be getting tired of comic book superheroes? Following Green Lantern in second came Super 8, and Jim Carrey’s latest, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, rounded out the top 3. X-Men, The Hangover, and Kung Fu Panda dropped to 4, 5, and 6 respectively, while Pirates fell a bit more, dropping to 8 from 5. Both Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris dropped one slot each, and Judy Moody came in at the bottom, finishing the top 10.

Apparently, I was rather generous with my prediction for Green Lantern last week, guessing $80 million, but in actuality it came in almost $30 mil below that estimate. However, I was pretty close with my prediction for Penguins, at least when it came to money, not so much with placement. Super 8 proved to be more resilient than I expected, which is a good thing because it’s a quality movie for sure. As for X-Men and The Hangover, I was wrong there too. Come on America, help me out here. This Friday sees the release of Cars 2 and Bad Teacher. Two polar opposite films, and since Cars 2 is a kids’ and Pixar film, I figure that will take number 1. I’m not confident enough to give numbers, but considering the decline in earnings in number 1 films over the past few weeks, here’s hoping it can breathe some life back into the movie theaters. Bad Teacher will probably come in third, leaving Green Lantern in 2.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon seems to be the last moviegeddon film heading your way this June in the following week. Are you excited for it? James Cameron himself said that it’s some of the best 3D he’s seen since Avatar. That definitely has me excited. Of course, considering the previous entry in the series, I wonder just how many people will show up for the finale. If Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End proves anything, people will still show up for another installment, even if the previous one wasn’t so hot. Now get out there and give Hollywood a piece of your mind (and wallet).

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