'Green Lantern' lights up weekend box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ryan Reynolds is the latest superhero to rule the weekend box office.
Reynolds' "Green Lantern" debuted at No. 1 with $52.7 million domestically, a fair but unremarkable opening stacked up against other comic-book adaptations. The movie added $17 million in a handful of overseas markets where it has opened, including Great Britain and Russia.
Released by Warner Bros., "Green Lantern" brought up the rear among superhero movies to open so far this summer, behind the $65.7 million debut of "Thor" and the $55.1 million launch of "X-Men: First Class."
The previous weekend's top flick, Paramount Pictures' sci-fi adventure "Super 8," slipped to No. 2 with $21.3 million. Its domestic total rose to $72.8 million.
Jim Carrey's family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" had a frosty start as the 20th Century Fox release came in at No. 3 with $18.2 million.
Overall business cooled for the second straight weekend. Hollywood revenues totaled $149 million, down a steep 25 percent from the same weekend last year, when Disney's Pixar Animation blockbuster "Toy Story 3" debuted with $110.3 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
Receipts this summer season still are ahead of last year's, with revenue climbing to $1.56 billion since the first weekend in May, up 7 percent from 2010's pace.
Another Pixar animated sequel, "Cars 2," could steer Hollywood upward again this coming weekend.
"We're fine. We're still ahead of last summer, and Pixar is going to have a chance to get us back in the mix next weekend," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
N.Y. City pays retirees well
NEW YORK (AP) -- They may not be Wall Street executives, but some retiring city workers still got a golden parachute, of sorts.
The New York Post reports that New York City paid out $46.6 million last year to retiring workers to compensate them for unused sick days and vacation time.
For most, the payments were modest rewards for staying healthy and working through days they were entitled to take off.
But a select few earned almost a year's salary.
The Post reports that former Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Frank Cruthers got a payout of nearly $200,000 to cover unused vacation and comp time. He is also earning a disability pension of $242,000 a year.
Mexico seeks tourism boost
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's tourism ministry Sunday announced new flight routes from Europe and Latin America it said will boost tourism and nudge the country away from its reliance on U.S. visitors.
Airlines including Aeromexico, British carrier Virgin Atlantic, Spanish airline Air Europa, Brazil's TAM and Chile's LAN are initiating new routes in Mexico this summer.
The additional routes include Gatwick, Britain-Cancun; Lima, Peru-Cancun; Sao Paulo, Brazil-Mexico City; and Madrid, Spain-Mexico City.
Mexico has been pushing to diversify its tourism industry to depend less on visitors from the U.S. as the country wrestles with a deteriorating image due to the ongoing drug war.
Feuding between cartels and Mexican government security forces has claimed more than 35,000 lives since 2007. Travel warnings from the U.S. State Department and Texas -- including that state's blunt message, "Avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive" -- have curbed tourism south of the border.
Outage snarls flights
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- US Airways officials say the computer system at its hub in North Carolina was down for more than three hours. Flights are still being delayed even though the system is back up and running.
An airline spokesman said Sunday the system at Charlotte Douglas International Airport went down at 7:50 a.m. and was restored about 3 1/2 hours later.
A five-hour computer outage virtually shut down United Airlines on Friday night and early Saturday. Thousands were stranded as United canceled 36 flights and delayed 100 worldwide.