Director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern held midnight screenings last night and the 3D superhero pic earned between $3.35 and $3.4 million from 1,810 locations. The number is on par with Thor ($3.25 million) and X-Men: First Class ($3.37 million). In it’s opening weekend, Thor went on to earn $65.7 million and X-Men made $55 million. Early estimates have Green Lantern earning between $50 and $65 million in it’s opening weekend in North America. Green Lantern opens in 3,816 locations including, 2,711 3D engagements.
However, when talking about box office numbers, it’s important to remember foreign box office usually plays a significant role. Look at Pirates 4. While the film has made $211 million in North America, it’s made an absolutely insane $695.9 million overseas (for a total of $907.4 million). So even if Green Lantern only does moderate business in North America, if it plays well around the world, we’re getting a sequel. The film opens in 15 markets this weekend, so we’ll know very soon where it stands. More on Green Lantern’s box office tomorrow.