Magazine article Screen International

Super 8 Tops US Charts in $38M Opening Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

Super 8 Tops US Charts in $38M Opening Weekend

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Paramount's sci-fi mystery defied expectations to pull off a solid launch and earn the first number one debut for an original storyline of the summer, while Relativity Media's Judy Moody flopped in seventh place.

A pair of films crossed $200m: Warner Bros/Legendary's comedy The Hangover Part II in third place stands at $216.6m after three weekends, while Disney's Pirates 4 reached $208.8m in its fourth session.

The $38m opening weekend for Super 8 - directed by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg - incudes $1m from a Twitter-driven preview day, looks good considering the adventure reportedly cost approximately $50m to make.

Fox's X-Men: First Class is on the cusp of $100m after the superhero prequel story slid to second place on $25m for $98.9m.

Fox Searchlight's Palme d'Or winner The Tree Of Life in 11th place expanded by 20 theatres into 47 and added $875,000 for $2.4m.

IFC launched Michael Winterbottom's faux verite road movie The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in six theatres for $84,600. …

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