JJ Abrams' Super 8 has a superb opening weekend

Rakes in $37m at US box office

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JJ Abrams’ latest sci-fi spectacular Super 8 conquered the US box office this weekend, taking on mutants, hungover tourists and kung fu pandas to clinch the number one spot.

After receiving rave reviews from early screenings, Abrams' movie – which is set in the ’70s and follows a group of kids whose town is terrorised by a mysterious force – took $37m in its first weekend.

Its nearest competition came from the still strong X-prequel X-Men: First Class, which had a decent second week with $25m (bringing its domestic total to $98.8m).

The Hangover: Part II hung around in third ($18.5m), while sequels Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 landed fourth and fifth respectively with $16m and $10.8m.

In sixth place was Kristen Wiig’s raucous bridal comedy Bridesmaids ($10.1m), while Heather Graham's lightweight Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer opened with an unsurprisingly low $6.2m in seventh.

Box office holdovers filled out the remaining top ten spots, with Midnight In Paris in eighth ($6.1m), Thor in ninth ($2.3m, taking its domestic total to a godly $173m), and Fast Five in tenth ($1.7m).

What did you watch at the cinema this weekend? Drop us your reviews below...


    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 13th 2011, 9:56

      It's not that amazing is it?

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    • Grinch11

      Jun 13th 2011, 10:13

      It is amazing considering it is a moderately budgeted movie, with no recognisable stars, that has been released in a window dominated by sequels and re-boots. Coupled with the risky marketing ploy of not revealing everything in the trailer, a la 90% of most summer releases, this is a resounding success for an original story, albeit one massively influenced by 80’s movie culture. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 13th 2011, 12:43

      Still not amazed.. considering it's Speilberg and Abrams and the amount of hype it's getting.

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    • BruceShark

      Jun 13th 2011, 17:03

      Yeah and how much is it going to lose in this country because of all the pirate copies that will be doing the rounds because we have to wait. Hollywood p**ses and moans about piracy and then throws them a 3 month window to play around in.

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