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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 […]

X-Men: First Class opens to $55.1M; The Hangover Part II falls to second with $31.4M and Kung Fu Panda 2 third with $23.9M [UPDATED]

Update: Article updated with final box office figures.

X-Men: First Class opened to a solid, albeit not very spectacular, $55,101,604 in its first weekend from 3,641 theaters. The film grossed $21.399M on Friday, added $19.713M on Saturday and ended the weekend with a $13.990 Sunday. There were no other new wide releasing films this weekend.

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The Hangover Part II leads box office to record-breaking Memorial Day holiday weekend

Warner Brothers’ The Hangover Part II grossed a live-action comedy record-breaking $103.427M over the 4-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. All-in-all, the film led the weekend to to its biggest ever, with $280M in grosses.

The 3-day box office for The Hangover Part II was $85.946M (Fri-Sun). The 5-day cume (the film opened on Thursday) is […]

The Hangover Part II is biggest comedy of all-time with $86.5M 3-day / $118.1M 4-day; Will gross nearly $140M through Monday

The Hangover Part II is a huge success for director Todd Phillips and stars. Warner Brothers estimates that the R-rated comedy will gross $86.48M for the 3-day weekend (Fri-Sun) for a 4-day cume of $118.09M including its Thursday opening day from 3,615 theaters. Additionally, Monday grosses could top $20M for a current 5-day estimate […]

The Hangover Part II has impressive hold with $30M Friday; $135-140M likely by Monday

The Hangover Part II dropped only 5% on Friday, grossing an estimated $30.01M for an impressive $61.62M through two days. The film’s five-day gross (through Memorial Day Monday) is expected to top $135M and could even hit $140M. That’s an incredible start for the Todd Phillips-directed R-rated comedy which continues to break records.

The […]

Disney’s ‘Pirates 4’ breaks overseas record with $256.3M; Worldwide cume at $346.4M

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides debuted to an estimated $90.1M domestically — which was in line with expectations — but sailed into the record books with a huge $256.3M overseas for $346.4M worldwide. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” held the previous record for highest-grossing start overseas with $236M. The international debut was also […]

Joss Whedon directed the after-credits scene in Thor

In an interview with Empire while at Cannes, Stellan Skarsgard (who played Erik Selvig in “Thor”) revealed that The Avengers director Joss Whedon actually directed the after-credits scene in Thor:

Skarsgard: “That was just a couple of months ago…I flew over there and went down into a basement, talked to Sam[uel L. […]

Friday Box Office: Thor stays in first with $9.1M as it approaches $300M worldwide; Bridesmaids solid second with $7.8M

As expected, Marvel/Paramount’s Thor held on to the top spot this Friday with an estimated $9.1M en route to an estimated $30-33M for the weekend. Universal’s R-rated comedy Bridesmaids, however, also did strong business. The female comedy grossed a better than expected $7.835M on Friday and looks headed for a solid $20-22M for the […]

Thor off to strong start with $66M opening; Worldwide cume stands at $242M

The Paramount Pictures-distributed Marvel Studios 3D superhero film Thor opened to a solid estimated $66M this weekend. Marvel notes that this is the third strongest bow for a new franchise — below only “Spider-Man” and “Iron Man” (although it should be noted “Hulk”, “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” all sold more tickets. — via GiteshPandya | Twitter).

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Thor opens with solid $3.25M midnight; On track for $65-70M+ opening weekend

Paramount Pictures Thor drew a solid $3.25M from midnight Thursday screenings.

With Friday estimates looking like $25M or so, Thor appears headed towards an opening weekend of $65-70M+, which would put it ahead of similar superhero projects like “X-Men” ($54.5M), “Fantastic Four” ($56.1M) and “Hulk” ($62.1M), but well behind the $100M-range openings of “Iron […]

New trailer for Thor

With just eight days until its release, Paramount Pictures has unleashed a brand new trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Check it out after the jump.

Thor hits conventional and 3D theaters on May 6, 2011.

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Thor to open in IMAX 3D

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, LLC formally announced today that they have finalized an agreement to release the epic superhero adventure Thor in digital IMAX(R) theatres worldwide day-and-date on May 6, 2011. The release marks the continuation of the partnership between IMAX, Paramount and Marvel. The film, based on the well-known Marvel comic book, is directed by Kenneth Branagh, produced by Kevin Feige, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. The screenplay is by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne from a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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