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Super 8 opens with strong first place $37M

J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 launched Friday with an estimated $12.2M from 3,379 theaters. That’s in addition to the $1M it pulled in with Thursday Twitter sneaks. But on the more impressive front, the film gained 15% on Saturday to $14.0M and is projected to drop just 23% on Sunday ($10.8M) for what would be a Fri-Sun haul of $37M ($38.0M cume). That’s a good bit stronger than tracking (and Paramount’s expectations), which pegged the film’s opening in the $25-30M range.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, the $50M-budgeted film (with Paramount saying marketing cost an additional $25M) led the box office this weekend by ease. X-Men: First Class dropped 55% in its second weekend to $25M ($98.894M cume / $173.480M worldwide) and the only other new release this weekend was Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer which opened in a disappointing 7th place with just $6.267M.

Rounding out the top five were The Hangover Part II in third place with an estimated $18.5M ($216.560M / $368.060M worldwide), Kung Fu Panda 2 in fourth with an estimated $16.635M ($126.905M / $276.731M worldwide) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in fifth place with an estimated $10.846M ($208.774M / $823.674M worldwide). As you can see, both ‘Hangover II’ and ‘Pirates 4’ crossed the $200M mark this weekend.

In expansion news, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris added 797 theaters to gross an estimated $6.146M  (#8) from 944 theaters ($14.225M / $32.528M worldwide).

Looking beyond the top five, Thor (#9) added an estimated $2.37M ($173.6M / $431.6M worldwide) and Fast Five (#10) added an estimated $1.714M ($205.081M / $577.913M worldwide).

Note: Final numbers for domestic box office will be released on Monday. Foreign / Worldwide figures will be more clear tomorrow as well.

Source: Box Office Mojo