Warner's Green Lantern topped the daily box office for a seventh straight day on Thursday. The expensive superhero adaptation grossed $3.76 million, which was down 4 percent from Wednesday. Green Lantern was able to significantly stabilize from the daily decline it experienced on Wednesday, but still experienced Thursday's largest daily decline among wide releases. Green Lantern grossed $70.96 million in its first seven days. That easily made Green Lantern the week's top film, but was underwhelming when taking into account the film's $200 million production budget and its highly likely front-loaded nature. Green Lantern is currently running 4 percent behind the pace of Fox's X-Men: First Class and 16 percent behind the pace of Paramount's Thor at the same points in their respective runs earlier this summer.
Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins rounded out its first week in theatres with a $2.88 million second place finish on Thursday. The family comedy starring Jim Carrey was up a healthy 7 percent over Wednesday, as family audiences were in the mood to see the film (as well as Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2) before Disney's Cars 2 entered the marketplace today. Mr. Popper's Penguins took third place for the week with $29.15 million. The film opened in line with its modest expectations, but is extremely likely to take a big hit this weekend from Disney's Cars 2.
Super 8 held steady in third with $2.46 million for the day. The science fiction film from Paramount was up 2 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 29 percent from last Thursday. Good word of mouth and stronger summer midweek business in general both helped out Super 8 in a big way during the midweek. For the week Super 8 finished in second place with $31.56 million. That was down just 39 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $83.09 million.
Kung Fu Panda 2 increased 11 percent over Wednesday to move ahead of X-Men: First Class in the daily rankings. Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed $1.44 million to take fourth, while X-Men: First Class followed closely behind in fifth with $1.43 million. Respective domestic totals stand at $148.89 million through 29 days for Kung Fu Panda 2 and at $126.21 million through 21 days for X-Men: First Class. While neither film has lit the domestic box office on fire, both are performing stronger internationally, especially Kung Fu Panda 2.