Warner's Green Lantern grossed $5.11 million to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day on Monday. The expensive superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds fell 66 percent from Sunday's Father's Day inflated performance. In the same situation, 2008's The Incredible Hulk fell 61 percent on its first Monday, while 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer fell 64 percent. That suggests that Green Lantern received more of a Father's Day boost than either of those films did, and more importantly, that early word of mouth is poorer for Green Lantern. Green Lantern has grossed $58.29 million in four days, placing it 5 percent behind the pace of The Incredible Hulk and 9 percent behind the pace of Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Super 8 took second place on Monday with a daily gross of $2.56 million. Like Green Lantern, Super 8 fell 66 percent from its inflated daily performance on Father's Day. At the same time, the science fiction film from Paramount fell just 35 percent from last Monday, which strongly suggests that the film will continue to hold up very nicely going forward. Super 8 has grossed $75.56 million through eleven days of release and is now running 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's District 9.
Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins grossed $2.38 million to take third place. The family comedy starring Jim Carrey fell just 57 percent from Sunday. That represented a solid daily hold from Sunday and strongly (and surprisingly) suggests that the film wasn't a very big attraction for Father's Day audiences. Mr. Popper's Penguins has grossed a modest $20.83 million through four days of release and will hope to be able to co-exist with Disney's Cars beginning on Friday.
Fellow Fox release X-Men: First Class finished in fourth with $1.46 million. The big-budget superhero prequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. The 18-day domestic total for X-Men: First Class stands at $1.46 million. With the initial rush-outs for Super 8 and Green Lantern now behind us, X-Men: First Class will hope to hold up better this week than it has over previous two weeks.
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