BOX OFFICE: ‘Super’ start

Posted by · 2:58 pm · June 12th, 2011

It’s left to be seen whether “Super 8” has the legs a number of people certainly HOPE it has (and we’ll just take the studio’s word on that $50 million price tag). But this is a better start than most were expecting, and a big win for the film overall.

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  • 1 6-12-2011 at 3:33 pm

    Vinci said...

    While it’s still too early for Super 8, the only true hits I see on this list are Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris … movies audiences played a larger role in deciding their worth, not studios/marketing.

  • 2 6-12-2011 at 3:46 pm

    JCS said...

    Yeah, could Bridesmaids earn more than KFP2? If the latter keeps falling, then it seems a distinct possibility.

  • 3 6-12-2011 at 4:06 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I predicted that opening for Super 8. DONK!

  • 4 6-12-2011 at 4:52 pm

    SC said...

    A good start for “Super 8”.

    “X-Men: First Class” isn’t a flop, but definitely unperforms, which is disappointing since it’s arguably the best of them.

    “Midnight in Paris” continues to do superbly. Hoping that’ll make its way to PEI in the near future.

  • 5 6-12-2011 at 6:13 pm

    m1 said...


  • 6 6-12-2011 at 6:18 pm

    James D. said...

    Midnight in Paris was amazing. I just got back and I can’t wait until my second viewing.

  • 7 6-12-2011 at 8:00 pm

    SC said...


    Prince Edward Island.

  • 8 6-12-2011 at 8:58 pm

    Fitz said...

    I can only hope that X-men: First Class will do better. With Fassbender and McAvoy at the leads I would like to see sequels.

  • 9 6-12-2011 at 9:36 pm

    Ben M. said...

    With a $50 million budget (and I’m willing to buy that with the no-star cast and smaller scale than most summer films) I would say any opening above $25 million is good for Super 8, but it may not be quite the huge smash Paramount was envisioning when the pairing of Abrams and Spielberg was first coming about.

    The holds seem decent all around, though First Class’ drop is probably large enough to say the film is now the biggest underperformer so far this summer given the franchise it comes from and a $160 million budget.

  • 10 6-12-2011 at 10:25 pm

    RyanT said...

    X-Men is definitely under-performing, but I think it’s still a success story relative to the beating the series got critically and in fandom with the last two films (X3, Wolverine). Its super high budget is definitely worrisome, but if the film gets somewhat close to that in North America (and do okay internationally), the studio will see it as a win.

    And yes for Midnight in Paris! Still my favorite film of the summer.

  • 11 6-13-2011 at 2:23 am

    Glenn said...

    “the only true hits I see on this list are Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris”

    And, ya know, Hangover 2 and Thor and Fast Five and Pirates 4 and… and…

    And then of course there’s international, which is proving a gold mine for some of these.

  • 12 6-13-2011 at 7:52 am

    Filipe said...

    Say what you want, but Hangover 2 really is a HIT. It may not be so popular with critics, but audiences are loving it… Some of my friends even say it’s better than the first one.

  • 13 6-13-2011 at 9:21 am

    red_wine said...

    50 million is a very flattering price tag for Super 8. Of late we have seen normal comedies and dramas cost more with no CGI in them.

    I haven’t seen the film yet but it LOOKS very good for a 50 million dollar budget.

    Some of the CG in X-men First Class was really bad. CGI was the place where you could most obviously see that it was a rushed production and also to a certain extent in the editing.

  • 14 6-13-2011 at 9:57 am

    James said...

    Good for Super 8, though I’d like to see one blockbuster this summer that felt more complete and was entertaining or satisfying from beginning to end. Here’s to Cowboys and Aliens and Harry Potter 7.5

  • 15 6-13-2011 at 10:30 am

    SC said...

    “Of late we have seen normal comedies and dramas cost more with no CGI in them.”

    The benefits of a no-name cast.

  • 16 6-13-2011 at 12:29 pm

    Sawyer said...

    Did a double-feature of XFC and Super 8 this weekend. Between these two, Bridesmaids – which I didn’t like, and Hangover 2 – which I hated, Thor’s place in my summer movie best-of looks extremely secure.