'Super 8' Exceeds Expectations

on June 12, 2011 by Phil Contrino

With a solid $12.2 million in the bank on Friday and $14 million on Saturday, Paramount is estimating that Super 8 is headed for $37 million during its debut frame. The opening slightly exceeds the modest expectations place on the film. Super 8's first frame falls right in the middle of two recent alien-themed flicks: District 9 grabbed $37.4 million and Battle: Los Angeles took in $35.6 million. The overall CinemaScore rating is a B+. Paramount is reporting that 71% of the audience is over 25, and 56% is male. 12% of the gross came from IMAX locations. The sci-fi flick took in $6.7 million internationally from 652 locations.

X-Men: First Class suffered a pretty substantial sophomore drop, but that's to be expected during the summer. The superhero flick will face direct competition next week in the form of Green Lantern. Internationally, X-Men: First Class took in $42.2 million from 10,643 screens in 66 markets.

Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer's won't match two other young girl-skewing flicks: Ramona and Beezus opened to $7.81 million and Nancy Drew debuted to $6.83 million.

Midnight in Paris is doing very well with a wider reach. At the pace it's going, Woody Allen's latest should have no problem topping the $23 million haul of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the writer/director's biggest recent hit.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was #1 overseas with $56.5 million from 11,024 locations across 45 territories. The animated sequel has an international total of $205 million and a worldwide cume of $431.9 million.

Internationally, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took in an impressive $41.1 million. The sequel's international haul is now $678 million and the worldwide total is $886.8 million. On Stranger Tides ranks behind only Alice in Wonderland on Disney's all-time international earner list.

With a haul of $38.3 million abroad, The Hangover Part II crossed the $200 million mark internationally this weekend. The raunchy comedy now has a worldwide total of $432 million.

Domestic Comparison Data:

Jan. 1 to June 12, 2011: $4,325,228,000*
Jan. 1 to June 12, 2010: $4,640,662,000
Total Decrease: $315,434,000, -6.8%

June 1 to June 12, 2011: $256,997,000*
June 1 to June 12, 2010: $337,172,000
Total Increase: $80,175,000, +23.8%

June 10 to June 12, 2011: $142,000,000*
June 11 to June 13, 2010: $151,668,000
Total Decrease: $9,668,000, +6.4%

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Super 8, X-Men: First Class, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Midnight in Paris

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