Warner Bros. comic book film on pace for a $60M opening
"Green Lantern" got off to a solid start at the box office, conjuring up $3.4 million in midnight screenings, according to studio estimates.
The film version of the popular comic book premiered in 1,800 locations. It is on pace to bank roughly $60 million in its debut weekend, after expanding to 3,816 screens.
"X-Men" went on to make $55 million and "Thor" made $65.7 million in their premiere weekends.
"Lantern" represents a pricey gamble for Warner Bros., which hopes to spin a franchise around the ring wearing superhero. The studio spent roughly $300 million to produce and market the film, which has earned poor reviews, but should benefit from strong audience awareness and higher 3D ticket prices.