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'Super 8' Tops at the Box Office

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In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, from left, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths are shown in a scene from "Super 8" J.J. Abrams' latest sci-fi thriller opens nationwide Friday, June 10, 2011. (2011 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.)

"Super 8," J.J. Abrams' homage to Steven Spielberg's early films, topped the weekend box office, according to early estimates Sunday from Hollywood.com.

The sci-fi thriller, produced by Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures, grossed $37 million in its opening weekend.

"X-Men: First Class" (20th Century Fox), a Marvel Comics adaptation, took second place with $25 million.

"The Hangover Part II" (Warner Bros.) placed third with $18.5 million. Another sequel, the animated "Kung Fu Panda 2" (Paramount) came in fourth with $16.6 million.

The top five for the weekend was rounded out by "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (Walt Disney Studios), which grossed $10.8 million. The latest entry in the "Pirates" franchise has earned $208.8 million to date since its release on May 20.

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