Reynolds' 'Lantern' Has Low-Beam Debut Of $52.7M; Carrey's 'Penguins' Has Chilly Start At $18M

Ryan Reynolds is the latest superhero to rule the weekend box office.

Reynolds’ “Green Lantern” debuted at No. 1 with $52.7 million, a fair but unremarkable opening stacked up against other comic-book adaptations.

“Green Lantern” brought up the rear among superhero movies to openso far this summer, behind the $65.7 million debut of “Thor” and the $55.1 million launch of “X-Men: First Class.”

The previous weekend’s top flick, the sci-fi adventure “Super 8,” slipped to No. 2 with $21.3 million. Its domestic total rose to $72.8 million.

Jim Carrey’s family comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” had a frosty start, coming in at No. 3 with $18.2 million.

In narrower release, Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts’ teen romance “The Art of Getting By” flopped with a debut of just $700,000.

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