It was a middling weekend at the box office—both in terms of the offerings moviegoers might hope to find there and the returns those films generated.
Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams’ much-hyped sci-fi thriller Super 8 generated a modest $37 million in its weekend debut, a number that Hollywood pundits are labeling neither super nor sour. From Plugged In’s perspective, though, this popcorn muncher sullied its latter-day Goonies meets E.T. premise—just what is trapped in that train anyway?—with a cast of kids barely in their teens dishing profanity and modeling quite a bit of other questionable behavior as well. A bummer, one might say.
And speaking of bummers, despite a title that suggests otherwise, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, struggled to capitalize, it seems, on the popularity of the books about her. Judy clocked in at No. 7, with revenue of $6.3 million. And it’s too bad more folks didn’t decide to check out Judy’s anachronistic adventures (there’s nary a text message to be seen anywhere), because it’s easily the most family friendly offering at the multiplex right now. To hear more about what inspired Judy’s creator, Megan McDonald, check out our interview with her here.
Elsewhere on the box office roster, heavyweights from previous weeks continued to duke it out for supremacy. X-Men: First Class notched a No. 2 showing, adding another $25 million to its cume. At No. 3: The Hangover Part II. The foul R-rated comedy made another $18.5 million, plowing through the $200 million mark in the process, and passing Fast Five to become the biggest theatrical draw so far in 2011. Two other holdovers, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides rounded out the Top 5.