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.
|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|