Box Office: Super 8 Does Pretty Super Numbers

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Hey, Hollywood, guess what? Not giving away the kitchen sink in the trailers actually works! Or at least, that’s the lesson we’ve learned this weekend after J.J. Abrams’ secretive sci-fi movie “Super 8″ took the top spot at the box office with a better than expected $37 million dollar opening, according to studio estimates. The $50 million movie entered theaters without any stars that includes a mostly unknown kid cast, with only writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg as its marquee names. But that didn’t stop the film from turning in a good (but not great) $12 million on Fridays, only to do even better on Saturday with $14 million.

Of course, it helped that “Super 8″ didn’t have any real competition this weekend, with the only other major studio release being Relativity’s “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer”, based on the series of books by Megan McDonald. The film, which stars Heather Graham, opened in the sixth spot with $6 million. Not really a bummer opening for Judy Moody, since the film was made for a relatively cheap $20 million dollars. It should eventually do reasonably well on DVD with the kids, so I wouldn’t rule out a sequel.

Last weekend’s #1, Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” fell to second place, adding an additional $25 million to its coffers and giving it $98 million so far in two weeks of release. Worldwide, the film has earned $173 million, more than surpassing the film’s estimated $160 million budget. Which should make Fox happy, especially considering the less-than-thrilling numbers from the movie’s opening weekend, when it looked as if, despite stellar reviews, “First Class” could end up being a commercial disappointment.

“The Hangover II” has jumped to $368 million worldwide so far, proving that you don’t have to be original to make money at the box office. Hell, you can do the exact same thing, in fact. Just as Todd Phillips and company. Meanwhile, Jack Sparrow’s box office clout remains as strong as ever, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” quietly chugging towards the $1 billion mark. The movie currently stands at $823 million worldwide, with a whopping $614 of that coming from foreign ticket sales. “On Stranger Tides” has already surpassed the original, which topped off with $654 million, and should probably overtake both “Dead Man’s Chest” ($1,066) and “At World’s End” ($963 million) eventually. And you wonder why Disney is already making noise about a fifth and sixth movie.

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  • Ben_Dover

    Considering this wasn’t another 3D movie, I say it did VERY well

    • Anonymous

      But there is the IMAX markup which can add quite a bit, too

  • Arthur

    Being a film student myself, general audiences love swashbuckling films like “Pirates Of The Caribbean”, “Indiana Jones” and even “The Mummy” films as well as big epics like “The Lord Of The Rings”, “Avatar” and “Titanic” as well as science fiction epics like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”. When films like “The Dark Knight” and the Matt Reeves remake “Let Me In” do extremely well, that impresses me about the average popcorn eating movie fan. Fans even flocked in to see “Cloverfield” and other impressive creature features like “The Host”, “Monsters”, “Troll Hunter” and of course “Super 8″; can’t wait for South Korea’s “Sector 7″. Alien invasion films like “War Of The Worlds”, “Independence Day”, “Battle: Los Angeles” and “District 9″ normally do well, with the obvious exception of “Skyline” which really wasn’t that bad of a film; looking forward to seeing “Attack The Block”. The Sam Raimi “Spider-man” films did extremely well. “Hulk” and “X-Men” films do good too. But as far as “Super 8″, I was really impressed with the acting of the film’s young stars. With the exception of critically acclaimed acting performances of the young stars in the Swedish film “Let The Right One In”, the young stars in “Super 8″ are second to none. I was really hoping for some kind of “Cloverfield” connection in “Super 8″ like other genre fans were hoping for. But I did not notice anything; even anything just simply implied. That was a let down. The only similarities were military involvement with no apparent links to both films or both “situations”. “Super 8″ is a must-see film as well as a day one purchase on blu-ray. It is going to be interesting to see what special features they put on the disc; deleted scenes? creature biography? creature origin? I have not seen “Thor” and X-Men” yet; though my love for Mystique will surely draw me to the theater to see “X-Men”. “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” is right around the corner which is an IMAX must-see even just for spectacle and special effects. I am also waiting for the blu-ray release of the Japanese film “Gantz” to be released this summer. The classic 1977 film “Damnation Alley” is even being released on blu-ray this summer. I had that film on a my blu-ray wish list for MONTHS. With blu-rays of the LOTR extended trilogy, the “Star Wars” anthology, “Troll Hunter”, “The Crow” and rumors of the “Jurassic Park” trilogy and “Jaws” coming to blu-ray, it is a great year for blu-ray!!! Now, how about blu-ray releases for “Shaolin Soccer”, “Brotherhood Of The Wolf”, “Battle Royale” 3-D, the Japanese film “Casshern” and the South Korean film “Natural City”? Major kudos for Magnet/Magnolia for releasing “Haeundae”, “Mother”, “Monsters” and “Chaw” on blu-ray. Major kudos also for Warner Bros. and Viz for releasing the “Death Note” live action films on blu-ray. I also HAD to import the blu-rays of the “20th Century Boys” trilogy, “Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle The Movie”, “Long And Dark-Haired Monster Geharha” and “Kaiji: Gambling Apocalypse”.