At The Movies: ‘Super 8’ Takes Weekend Box Office With Slow Summer Start

By BallerStatus News Staff  |  06/13/2011

Super 8 filmHollywood's summer box-office streak cooled down a bit over the weekend, with the $37 million opening weekend for Steven Spielberg's sci-fi tale "Super 8."

While it definitely wasn't a bomb, the numbers "Super 8" was an unremarkable launch during a season where new films pull in two or three times as much money.

Released by Paramount Pictures, "Super 8" largely features a cast of young newcomers, the story centering on teen filmmakers and an alien entity that escapes from a wrecked train.

"The movie was never conceived to be a blockbuster, tent-pole film opening to $60 or $70 million," said Don Harris, head of distribution for Paramount.

"Super 8" knocked off the previous weekend's #1 movie, 20th Century Fox's comic-book prequel "X-Men: First Class," which slipped to second-place with $25 million in its second weekend, one it's way to a domestic total of $100 million.

"The Hangover Part II" fell to #3 with $18.5 million to take it to $216 in its third weekend; "Kung Fu Panda" came in at #4 with $16.6 million; and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" closes out the top 5 this weekend with $10.8 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Relativity Media's family flick "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," opened at just #7 with $6.3 million. The movie follows a young girl's wacky summer adventures.

That's a wrap for this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the action/adventure "Green Lantern," and the family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins starring Jim Carrey.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Super 8," $37 million.
2. "X-Men: First Class," $25 million.
3. "The Hangover Part II," $18.5 million.
4. "Kung Fu Panda 2," $16.6 million.
5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $10.8 million.
6. "Bridesmaids," $10.2 million.
7. "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," $6.3 million.
8. "Midnight in Paris," $6.1 million.
9. "Thor," $2.4 million.
10. "Fast Five," $1.7 million.