PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Despite generally unenthusiastic reviews, Green Lantern attracted lots of green this weekend.

The comic book-inspired fantasy thriller starring Ryan Reynolds (pictured) earned an estimated $53 million on its debut weekend to finish a runaway first at the box office.

Last weekend’s leader, Super 8, the coming-of-age creature feature, dropped to second, taking in a respectable $21 million on its second weekend.

In third place was the weekend’s other new mainstream release, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the children’s comedy starring Jim Carrey.  It had an $18-million opening weekend.

Rounding out the top five were the holdover sequels, X-Men: First Class and The Hangover Part II, with $11 million and $10 million respectively.

Overall, industry returns were pretty much as expected on this early summer weekend, but well below those of the counterpart weekend last year.

Reported by Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio 1060

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