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“Super 8″ Vs. “X-Men”…Who Came Out On Top?

Eight was enough to fill Paramount’s balance sheets with love this weekend.

The Steven Spielberg-produced, J.J. Abrams-directed “Super 8” grossed $38 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates, putting the $50 million sci-fi thriller about $10 million above pre-release forecasts.

“Super 8″ also opened in a limited number of international territories, grossing an estimated $6.7 million at 652 foreign runs.

The movie with the no-name cast and a 12-year-old-kids-save-the-day story arc — reminiscent of Spielberg efforts including “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” — easily beat out No. 2 film “X-Men: First Class,” which dropped about 53 percent from its premiere week and finished with $25 million.

Here’s how the top 10 finished:
“Super 8″ $38. million
“X-Men: First Class” $25. million
“The Hangover Part II” $17.9 million
Kung Fu Panda 2” $16.6 million
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” $10.8 million
“Bridesmaids” $10.2 million
“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” $6.3 million
“Midnight in Paris” $5.7 million
Thor” $2.4 million
Fast Five” $1.7 million

For more, go to movies.msn.com.

Gabriel Basso, Elle Fanning and Ryan Lee
Paramount Pictures

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