A Super Weekend for "Super 8!" 

The creative duo of director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg catapulted "Super 8" into the top with a $35.5 million debut! The film, one of my favorites this summer, opened at No. 1 bumping "X-Men: First Class" to well, second class in its second weekend.

("Super 8" movie review right here, watch my "Super 8" interviews with Kyle Chandler right here, Elle Fanning right here, and the kids of "Super 8" right here)

But the bad news of the week belonged to "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," the other new release last weekend. The flick only managed to sell $6 million worth of tickets to enter at No. 7.

Here's the list of the Top 20 movies for weekend of June 10th:

1. "Super 8," Paramount, $35,451,168, 3,379 locations, $10,492 average, $36,451,168, one week.

2. "X-Men: First Class," Fox, $24,128,986, 3,692 locations, $6,535 average, $98,023,335, two weeks.

3. "The Hangover Part II," Warner Bros., $17,667,329, 3,675 locations, $4,807 average, $215,727,461, three weeks.

4. "Kung Fu Panda 2," Paramount, $16,543,166, 3,929 locations, $4,211 average, $126,813,240, three weeks.

5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Disney, $10,945,764, 3,433 locations, $3,188 average, $208,873,258, four weeks.

6. "Bridesmaids," Universal, $10,066,290, 2,922 locations, $3,445 average, $123,815,865, five weeks.

7. "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," Relativity Media, $6,076,859, 2,524 locations, $2,408 average, $6,076,859, one week.

8. "Midnight in Paris," Sony Pictures Classics, $5,830,723, 944 locations, $6,177 average, $13,909,196, four weeks.

9. "Thor," Paramount, $2,435,215, 1,782 locations, $1,367 average, $173,664,723, six weeks.

10. "Fast Five," Universal, $1,727,330, 1,329 locations, $1,300 average, $205,094,205, seven weeks.

11. "The Tree of Life," Fox Searchlight, $827,009, 47 locations, $17,596 average, $2,361,655, three weeks.

12. "Rio," Fox, $670,101, 527 locations, $1,272 average, $137,780,829, nine weeks.

13. "Water For Elephants," Fox, $478,835, 466 locations, $1,028 average, $56,599,794, eight weeks.

14. "Something Borrowed," Warner Bros., $464,296, 366 locations, $1,269 average, $37,626,409, six weeks.

15. "Jumping the Broom," Sony, $458,349, 365 locations, $1,256 average, $36,695,004, six weeks.

16. "Soul Surfer," Sony, $295,371, 317 locations, $932 average, $42,181,380, 10 weeks.

17. "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," IFC, $261,390, 123 locations, $2,125 average, $3,727,369, seven weeks.

18. "Beginners," Focus, $243,059, 19 locations, $12,793 average, $453,329, two weeks.

19. "Born to be Wild," Warner Bros., $204,253, 47 locations, $4,346 average, $6,767,781, 10 weeks.

20. "Ready," Eros, $190,097, 97 locations, $1,960 average, $781,855, two weeks.

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Watch My "Super 8" Movie Review! Why I'm Calling This One of Summer's Best! 

(For my written review of "Super 8," click here; Interview with Kyle Chandler, click here; Interview with Elle Fanning, click here; Interview with the "Super 8" kids, click here)

Here's more "Super 8" info from Yahoo:

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Also Known As: Darlings
Super 8: The IMAX Experience

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller

Release Date: June 10th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Production Co.: Bad Robot, Amblin Entertainment

Studios: Paramount Pictures

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Weirton, West Virginia, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Produced by: Guy Riedel, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

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Darren Aronofsky Wants to Sail "Noah's Ark!" 

Darren Aronofsky is shopping his edgy-retelling of "Noah's Ark" according to Deadline. The director of "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler" wrote the script which is getting a rewrite by John Logan. Apparently, the director's vision needs about $130 million to make the project. New Regency is considering to co-finance the film while Paramount, Fox, and Summit are each thinking of stepping into the role of paying the other half.

Deadline is describing the "Noah" project as a big fantasy epic and Aronofsky is passionate about it and wants it to be his next film after leaving "Wolverine."

But be careful, the last time Aronofsky made a "big fantasy epic" was the messy "The Fountain." Keeping my fingers crossed that "Noah" will not be as narratively sloppy as the Hugh Jackman-Rachel Weisz 2006 flop.

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A New "Romeo and Juliet" Film Starring "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld 

Hailee Steinfeld is set to play Juliet in Carlo Carlei's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Now, Variety is saying that "The Road" and "Let Me In" star, Kodi Smit-McPhee is in talks to play Benvolio, Romeo's cousin who tries to keep the peace between Tybalt and Mercutio.

Holly Hunter is already onboard to play Juliet's nurse, while Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl") is set to star as Juliet's cousin Tybalt.

The script is written by Julian Fellowes who penned "Gosford Park." Production is set to start this summer in Italy. But the big question, do we really need another "Romeo and Juliet" movie? Didn't "Gnomeo and Juliet" already ran this project to the ground? :tongue

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Who Will Write "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Reboot? 

Paramount has tapped Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to revive "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" according to Deadline. The writing team helped resuscitate the studio's "Mission Impossible" with their script for "Ghost Protocol," and now, Paramount is banking on them to say cowabunga dude with the planned reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

The writing team recently rewrote Summit's "Now You See Me" which Louis Leterrier is set to direct. With Appelbaum and Nemec's participation, will our favorite kick-ass turtles finally return to the big screen?

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