Page One, Super 8 share top two honours at box-office

MUMBAI: The Ryan Reynolds superhero film Page One: Inside The New York Times grabbed the number one spot while the Paramount holdover Super 8 took over the second spot elbowing out Mr. Popper‘s Penguins.
Magnolia‘s Page One, released in two New York screens raked in $33,000, averaging $16,500 while Paramount‘s holdover Super 8, in its second weekend, grossed $21.3 million for a domestic total of $72.8 million. In overseas markets, it earned $22 million for a worldwide total of $94.8 million.
The 20th Century Fox film Mr. Popper‘s Penguins grossed $18.2 million. On the other hand, Warner Bros.‘ Green Lantern opened with an intake of $52.7 million debut, but fell sharply on Saturday.

Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested Green Lantern could open in the $57 million to $60 million range. The film got off to a strong start on Friday after it grossed $21.6 million but fell 22 per cent on Saturday.

"I would have loved to see $55 million, but we have to let things play out. Schools are out now, so if we left anything on the table, we should pick it up during the week," Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman has been quoted as having said.

Green Lantern, based on the DC Comics character, cost $200 million to produce before a sizeable marketing spend. At that level, the movie will need to generate big numbers, both domestically and internationally.

Overseas, Green Lantern, that opened in 15 territories, grossed $17 million. Placed at No. 1 in the UK, it lost out to Super 8 in Russia and to X-Men: First Class in Korea.

Popper‘s Penguins, based on the beloved 1938 children‘s book, will face stiff competition next weekend from Cars 2, while in terms of Carrey‘s box office track record, Yes Man totalled around $98 million domestically.

Warners‘ The Hangover Part II, that is fast approaching the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, finished Sunday with a domestic total of $232.7 million and international total of $256 million for a total $488.7 million.

DreamWorks Animation and Paramount‘s Kung Fu Panda 2, is doing good business overseas, where it finished with the weekend with an international total of $280 million.

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