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'Cars 2' Drives Away with Box Office Top Spot

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Cars 2 raced to first place at the box office over the weekend, garnering $68 million in its opening weekend, according to studio experts.

Also debuting over the weekend was the film Bad Teacher, which finished second in the box office tally, raking in $31 million.

Green Lantern ($18.4 million), Super 8 ($12.1 million) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($10.3 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Green Lantern' Tops Box Office

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Green Lantern made off with the top spot at the box office over the weekend, with the film about the comic book superhero pulling in $52.7 million in its opening weekend.

Coming in second in the standings was the film Super 8, which grossed $21.3 million.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($18.2 million), X-Men: First Class ($11.5 million) and The Hangover Part II ($9.6 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' 'Buck' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan is a test pilot who's enlisted by an intergalactic group called the Green Lantern Corps to help protect the universe from an enemy known as Parallax, using a powerful ring he's been given.  Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins and Geoffrey Rush also star in this adaptation of the DC Comics character, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

-- Mr. Popper's Penguins: Jim Carrey is the title character, a New York businessman whose life takes an adventurous turn when he inherits six penguins.  The film is based on the 1938 children's book of the same name.  Rated PG.

And opening in limited release:

-- Buck: The documentary details the life of cowboy and horse trainer Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for the Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer.  Rated PG.

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Movie Review: ‘Green Lantern’

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As it happens, the universe is protected by Green Lanterns, an intergalactic group of elite lifeforms who derive their power from a green lantern and a ring that’s fueled by will power.  It also happens that a new threat to the universe exists, an immortal dude named Parallax who feeds on fear and becomes more powerful with each kill.
Enter Hal Jordan, the cocky, immature, irresponsible test pilot played by Ryan Reynolds. Hal saw his father, also a test pilot, die during a test flight, so doesn't it just make perfect sense that Hal chose the same profession that killed his father right in front of him? In other words, Hal has daddy issues and it shakes his confidence. Hal’s fortunes change, however, when he’s picked to be the first human Green Lantern who will be asked to defeat Parallax.
Then there’s Peter Sarsgaard's Hector Hammond, a homely scientist who never got the girl and never will. He's spent his adult life being jealous of Hal and pining for Carol Ferris, played by Blake Lively, Hal Jordan’s ex and herself a test pilot.  Guess what happens when Hammond inadvertently inherits evil super powers?
Like every other comic book-inspired movie, there's plenty of eye candy in Green Lantern but the film is flawed.  Indeed, Sarsgaard's Hector is a more sympathetic character than Reynolds' Hal. Reynolds isn’t bad but his character is underdeveloped and the writing is weak.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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