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Spielberg’s “Super 8″ Only So-So At Box Office

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In a sea of sequels and franchises, an original feature is sure to stand out during the summer movie season. And with its mysterious plot (a group of small-town kids film a catastrophic train crash), buzz-worthy trailer, and big names behind the camera (J.J. Abrams is director, Steven Spielberg is producer), Super 8 is one of the year’s most anticipated movies. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

In a sea of sequels and franchises, an original feature is sure to stand out during the summer movie season. And with its mysterious plot (a group of small-town kids film a catastrophic train crash), buzz-worthy trailer, and big names behind the camera (J.J. Abrams is director, Steven Spielberg is producer), Super 8 is one of the year’s most anticipated movies. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS4) – A sci-fi thriller from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg has landed in the top spot for movie goers.

“Super 8” brought in $37 million on its opening weekend, slightly off from Hollywood’s other big summer movies.

It was a healthy but unremarkable launch for the adventure centered on teen filmmakers and an alien entity that escapes from a wrecked train. After a string of blockbuster debuts, Hollywood’s overall revenues dipped for the first time in a month.

“Super 8″ bumped off the previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, the comic-book prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which slipped to second-place with $25 million. “First Class” raised its domestic total to $98.9 million.

The weekend’s other new wide release, the family flick “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer,” opened weakly at No. 7 with $6.3 million. The movie follows a young girl’s wacky summer adventures.

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