The Reject ReportIn darkened theaters…

In brightest lobbies…

Yeah, I’m not finishing that. Instead I’m looking forward at what’s in those darkened theaters this weekend. We have Green Lantern. We have Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We also have the returning Super 8 looking to hold onto that nostalgia for one more weekend. One of these is sure to come out on top of the heap. The other two will be submerged into a vat of self-pity. Unless the winner is the penguin movie. Then all three films as well as American audiences should really take a hard look in the mirror and gauge their worth. But I’m not judging.

It’s the Reject Report, and no evil shall escape our site. Lame.

BIG HITTERS

Let’s start this conversation about Green Lantern with a bit of information regarding DC comic book properties turned to film. Of the ten biggest films DC – distribution by Warner Brothers – has released, nine of them are either Superman or Batman. The odd one out is Watchmen, which still only brought in $107.5m in domestic box office. In fact, those ten movies are the only DC/WB films to go above the $100m mark in the US. Opening weekends are a bit trickier. Only eight DC/WB films have opened higher than $30m. Again, all but one of them are Superman or Batman. The odd man out again is Watchmen.

So it appears Green Lantern is either going to settle in for the trend a la Constantine ($29.7m opening weekend) or V For Vendetta ($25.6m opening weekend), really miss the mark like our good friend Jonah Hex ($5.3m opening weekend), or totally surprise everyone. With poor buzz hitting it, it even has a steeper hill to climb to get into that $40-50m range. I, for one, think it can do it. Even if it isn’t getting good reviews, the film seems to have an appeal for younger audiences despite a PG-13 rating. In that, it feels a lot like 2005’s Fantastic Four, which opened to $56m. The Green Lantern property might not be as welcomed as the Fantastic Four property, so we can shave a few million off that number. Regardless, it looks like Green Lantern will be fitting in alongside the Superman and Batman films for DC/WB opening numbers.

Hey, instead of showing you the Green Lantern trailer, here’s Ryan Reynolds at 2010’s Comic Con reciting the oath to a young fan. Why should you watch it? Because the kid is just so damn cute!

Well, Mr. Popper’s got a penguin problem. I don’t know why he has to drag us into it. But he has, and acted out by Jim Carrey, it seems Mr. Popper’s Penguins will be saving itself from an embarrassing box office defeat. It’s been eight years since Carrey had a film released in the Summer movie season. 2003’s Bruce Almighty opened with $67.9m, but those same numbers can’t possibly be in Mr. Popper’s future. Instead, we’ll probably be looking something closer to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Longest Title in the History of Cinematic Ever. But don’t worry about Carrey. I’m sure he won’t be breaking opening the packet of Raman just yet.

You think Mr. Popper’s Penguins are exciting? Check out this 2009 celebration when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Go, Malkin! It’s your birthday:

FAMILIARITIES

Super 8 had reasonable numbers last weekend despite not living up to analyst’s expectations. This weekend, though, the $50m film looks to cross that reported budget and enter the black as far as domestic sales go. It’s already brought in $56.6m worldwide, but there probably won’t be much in the way of foreign income to be had here. Nonetheless, if that $50m is an accurate number as far as Super 8‘s budget goes, it will end up being considered a success even if it isn’t a smashing one.

Another week. Another Midnight in Paris expansion. We get it, Sony Classics. It’s a hit. Go ahead and throw that sucker out to the masses and get it over with. The water is fine. Quit inching your tow in. Oh, who am I to give Sony guff for how they’re handling Midnight in Paris. It’s already made $15.8m domestically. That’s more money than I’ll ever see. As you were, SPC.

LITTLE OPENERS

The Art of Getting By is one of those borderline limited releases. It isn’t exactly opening on thousands of screens, but it’s got more than a New York/L.A. release this weekend. What’s it about? I’m not sure. That guy who used to be Freddie Highmore is in there. Emma Roberts is in it. Alicia Silv…ALICIA SILVERSTONE!? Let me read the synopsis here.

Blah blah blah blah lonely blah blah blah fatalistic blah blah blah kindred spirit. I see, so it’s pretentious. Oh, I’m sure it’s wonderful. And it has Alicia Silverstone in it. How boring can it be? The Art of Getting By opens on 610 screens nation-wide.

Also opening in limited release are Buck opening in New York City, Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times also opening in New York City, Kidnapped opening in select cities, and Jig opening in New York City.

Here’s how the weekend is shaping up:

  1. Green Lantern – $50.6m NEW
  2. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – $26.4m NEW
  3. Super 8 – $21.9m (-38%)
  4. X-Men: First Class – $11.5m (-52.5%)
  5. Kung Fu Panda 2 – $10.8m (-34.5%)
  6. The Hangover Part II – $10.4m (-40.8%)
  7. Bridesmaids – $7.9m (-21%)
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $6m (-44.1%)
  9. Midnight in Paris – $5.5m EXPANDING TO 1038 SCREENS
  10. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer – $3.3m (-44.2%)

And that’s how you make $154.3m, folks. That number could very easily be inflated from what we actually see come Sunday, though. Green Lantern could prove to be that box office bomb we’ve been dreading for the past month and a half. It could be higher. Mr. Popper’s Penguins could actually bring in Bruce Almighty numbers. Ha. Hahahaha. Hahahahahaha. Ugh. I kid. Really.

We’ll be back on Sunday to go over the weekend numbers.

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