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“Super 8” wins Friday box office, en route to $35M opening

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: J.J. Abrams’ homage to the early days of Steven Spielberg, “Super 8,” isn’t going to make Spielberg-level dollars at the box office in its opening weekend, but it will do pretty well for a film that doesn’t have major movie stars and spent most of its marketing campaign hiding the movie’s biggest secrets.

“Super 8,” about Ohio teenagers dodging the alien loose in their town, earned an estimated $12 million on Friday. Tack on the $1 million the film grabbed on an early Thursday opening and THR reports that Abrams’ film could post as much as $36 million on the weekend.

Hot on “Super 8’s” heels is last week’s box office winner “X-Men: First Class,” which took in roughly $8 million on Friday. Abrams’ film should be able to hold off Matthew Vaughn’s mutant adventure and maintain the box office lead, but we’ll have final estimates on Sunday afternoon.

In other box office news, Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” sequel crossed the $200M mark by grabbing $6 million Friday night.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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