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Movies Released June 17, 2011

This Year in Movies - Green Lantern, and Mr. Popper's Penguins open in wide release this weekend. Hal Jordan hopes to be the third superhero this summer to top the box office charts. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard arrive at cinemas in Green Lantern and look to pick up mid-$50 million in ticket sales based on Hollywood Stock Exchange trading. That would be in line with X-Men: First Class' performance from two weeks ago. For family audiences, Jim Carrey stars in the film adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins. The CGI-penguins should be good enough for second place and an open in the mid-$20 million range.

Last weekend, despite distressingly low tracking data for Super 8, the nostalgic sci-fi coming-of-age tale took in $35 million (not including a million from Thursday previews). Here's a case where low expectations helped turn an okay first weekend into a big success. In second place, X-Men: First Class dropped 56%, which was better than 2009's Wolverine that dropped nearly 69% but in-line with the 2000 X-Men. First Class looks to be plotting a very similar course as the first X-Men movie. If that continues, First Class will finish its run with $155-160 million total.... Read More
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Green Lantern 3,816 theaters

Ryan Reynolds Blake Lively Peter Sarsgaard Mark Strong

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps.... more

Mr. Popper's Penguins poster

Mr. Popper's Penguins 3,338 theaters

Jim Carrey Carla Gugino Ophelia Lovibond Philip Baker Hall

A house painter's dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he kno... more

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Kidnapped Limited

Fernando Cayo Ana Wagener Manuela Vellés Guillermo Barrientos

A middle-aged couple with a teenage daughter are moving into a big new house when a gang of masked hoodlums pay a visit to the home.

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Buck 4 theaters

Buck Brannaman

A living legend in the horse world, Buck Brannaman was the inspiration for The Horse Whisperer. For this true cowboy, horses are a mirror of the human soul. Reared by an ... more

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The Art of Getting By 610 theaters

Emma Roberts Freddie Highmore Michael Angarano Alicia Silverstone

The story follows a homework-averse high school student (Freddie Highmore) who strikes up an unexpected friendship with the girl he's loved from a distance (Emma Roberts)... more

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Jig 5 theaters

A documentary on the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

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Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times 2 theaters

In the tradition of fly-on-the-wall documentaries, the film gains unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the I... more


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