Friday Box Office – Mystery Solved. JJ Abrams’ SUPER 8 Debuts with $12.2 Million

     June 11, 2011

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Super 8, the top-secret sci-fi spectacle from director JJ Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, earned an estimated $12.2 million from 3,379 locations on Friday.  When combined with the $1 million Paramount took in from its Thursday previews it is looking like June’s most mysterious movie will see a weekend just north of $35 million.  If realized, that would be higher than most projections which had Super 8 performing in the same range as the $30.5 million The Happening saw on this same weekend in 2008.  Luckily, now that the film’s mystery has been revealed that release date is the only thing Super 8 shares with Shyamalan – especially in light of its current 82% Tomatometer reading.  X-Men: First Class slid 64% on its second Friday while Relativity’s Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, the weekend’s only other new offering, placed seventh with an estimated $2.2 million from 2,524 locations.

Title Friday Total
1 Super 8 $12,200,000 $13.2
2 X-Men: First Class $7,600,000 $81.4
3 The Hangover Part II $5,700,000 $203.7
4 Kung Fu Panda 2 $4,610,000 $114.8
5 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $3,130,000 $201
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