Paramount's Super 8 grossed $3.48 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The J.J. Abrams directed science fiction film was up 3 percent over Wednesday. Super 8 grossed $50.53 million for the week to easily lead the weekly box office. The domestic total for Super 8 currently stands at $51.53 million, which is quite respectable at this point when taking into account the film's $50 million production budget. The film continues to run 6 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9. Super 8 will hope to hold up well for a high-profile summer release this weekend with the aid of good worth of mouth and the Father's Day holiday on Sunday.
X-Men: First Class continued to claim second place with a daily take of $2.39 million. Fox's big-budget superhero prequel was up 3 percent from Wednesday and down a respectable 41 percent from last Thursday. For the week, X-Men: First Class finished in second with $34.53 million. That was down 53 percent from the film's opening weekend performance and places the film's two-week total at $108.42 million. X-Men: First Class is currently running 16.5 percent behind the pace of Paramount's Thor at the same point in its run.
Fellow superhero film Green Lantern was off to a very solid start at midnight. The Warner Bros. release grossed an estimated $3.35 million from midnight screenings, which will be counted towards today's opening day gross. That was right in line with the respective $3.4 million and $3.3 million estimated Midnight starts of X-Men: First Class and Thor earlier in the summer. Clearly Green Lantern is already on pace to dominate this weekend's box office with ease.
Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2 took third place for the day with $1.99 million, while Warner's The Hangover Part II followed closely behind with $1.72 million. For the week The Hangover Part II finished in third with $24.98 million and Kung Fu Panda 2 took fourth with $24.37 million. Respective 22-day totals stand at an impressive $223.04 million for The Hangover Part II and at a much softer than expected $134.64 million for Kung Fu Panda 2.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer rounded out its first week in theatres with $0.71 million on Thursday. The family film from Relativity Media was down 4 percent from Wednesday. Judy Moody grossed just $8.93 million in its first week of release from 2,524 locations. The film is currently running 29.5 percent behind the pace of last year's Ramona and Beezus and 24 percent behind the pace of 2007's Nancy Drew.
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