Short of expectations, the Green Lantern movie is expected to generate $52.7 million this weekend according to THR.
After Friday's estimates were in ($21.6 million), it was estimated GL was headed toward the $57-60 million mark, but according to THR, sales "fell steeply" Saturday.
GL still finished in first place, ahead of Jim Carey's Popper's Penguins, but fell short of both the Thor ($65 million) and X-Men: First Class ($55.1 million) opening.
Worth a mention, is the fact that only 45% of ticket sales came from 3D tickets for GL. Previously, THR notes, studios could count on up to 60% from 3D sales, but audiences in the U.S. seem to be shying away from 3D.
Warner Bros. commented, hoping to make up for the loss in sales during the week.
“I would have loved to see $55 million, but we have to let things play out," said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution. "Schools are out now, so if we left anything on the table, we should pick it up during the week.”
The Green Lantern movie opens in theaters June 17th, 2011 starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, Mark Strong as Sinestro and Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur.
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