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Weekend Box-Office: June 10-12, 2011

06.12.2011

Super 8 opens in first place...

Much like last weekend's #1 movie, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, this week's #1 movie SUPER 8 also enjoyed a ton of very positive reviews from both Rotten Tomatoes and Movie Fan Central reviews, yet it opened with the smallest #1 gross of any summer movie so far this year. That certainly has something to do with the fact that the movie didn't have any "name actors" in it (it seemed to be relying solely on the names of JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg from a marketing point of view), but considering that the film only cost $50M to make, I'm sure the studio is more than happy with the $37M opening so far.

The only other new release of the weekend was for a kid's movie called JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER, which surprisingly didn't open all that well in 7th place with only $6M. Last weekend's #1 movie, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, lost around 55% of its audience from last weekend, which isn't horrible, but not too promising either. The film has grossed $99M in the first 10 days of release. THE HANGOVER and KUNG FU PANDA sequels continue going strong as well, reaching $216M and $127M respectively in their third week of release. In fact, here's the list of top 5 movies of 2011 so far:

1. THE HANGOVER, PART II: $217M
2. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4: $208M
3. FAST FIVE: $205M
4. THOR: $174M
5. RIO: $138M 

In the worldwide marketplace, the charts aren't even close with PIRATES 4 leading the way with $823M (people loves them Johnny Depp!), followed by FAST FIVE with $578M and RIO at $462M. The film with the smallest drop from weekend-to-weekend was BRIDESMAIDS once again (-15%), while it continued to hover around in 5th/6th place and a total closing in on the $125M mark (remember that the film only cost $30M to make). Woody Allen's latest, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, also seems to be buoying the filmmaker to his biggest box-office gross since...forever, as the film continues to expand the number of theaters in which it's released, while at the same time, expanding its overall revenues. It's only at $14M so far, but that's massive for an Allen flick.

The two films to get booted from the top 10 this week included RIO ($138M) and JUMPING THE BROOM ($37M). Next weekend sees the release of two major summer movies, the first of which is the 3rd big "superhero movie" of the summer in GREEN LANTERN starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively (even though you wouldn't know about the latter from the film's many trailers and TV spots), as well as Jim Carrey taking money over substance this time around, with something called MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS featuring the goofy funnyman living with...well, penguins. Yeah...that's pretty much it, folks. So what's your take on GREEN LANTERN, from what you've seen so far? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Super 8 $37 M
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2. X-Men: First Class $25 M $98.9 M
3. The Hangover, Part II $18.5 M $216.6 M
4. Kung Fu Panda 2 $16.6 M $126.9 M
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $10.8 M $208.8 M
6. Bridesmaids $10.2 M $123.9 M
7. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer $6.3 M
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8. Midnight in Paris $6.1 M $14.2 M
9. Thor $2.4 M $173.6 M
10. Fast Five $1.7 M $205.1 M

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