After sneaking into 324 locations (including 239 Imax theaters) Thursday — and garnering more than 100,000 participants and $1M in the process — J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 opened Friday at 3,379 theaters (no 3D, but 240 Imax theaters) and grossed an estimated $12.2M (including an estimated $500,000 at 1,524 midnight locations–Note: The $12.2M figure does not include the $1M Thursday).
The Friday estimate points towards an opening weekend gross in the neighborhood of $32-35M. That’s pretty good for the $50M-budgeted Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi project (Paramount spent an estimated $25M on marketing) and will be more than enough to give it a first place finish for the weekend.
The only other new release this weekend was Relativity Media’s Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer which opened Friday to a disappointing seventh place with an estimated $2.23M.
Rounding out the Friday top five was X-Men: First Class in second place with an estimated $7.6M (est. $81.494M cume), The Hangover Part II, which crossed $200M, in third place with an estimated $5.74M (est. $203.8M cume), Kung Fu Panda 2 in fourth place with an estimated $4.61M (est. $114.88M cume) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which also crossed $200M, in fifth place with an estimated $3.13M ($201.057M cume).
On the foreign front, “X-Men: First Class” is at $156.08M worldwide ($74.586M foreign), “The Hangover Part II” is at $355.3M worldwide ($151.5M foreign), “Kung Fu Panda 2″ is at $264.706M worldwide ($149.826M foreign) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is at an incredible $815.957M worldwide ($614.9M foreign).
Other movies worth noting:
- Midnight in Paris added 797 theaters this weekend, expanding to 944 theaters and adding another $1.575M (est. $9.653M domestic cume / $18.303M foreign / $27.956M worldwide).
- Thor is at $171.903M domestic / $258M foreign / $429.903M worldwide
- Fast Five is at $203.879M domestic / $372.832M foreign / $576.711M worldwide
Check out the complete top 10 at Box Office Mojo.