'Super 8' tops weekend box office

Actor Joel Courtney arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Super 8' at Regency Village Theatre on June 8, 2011 in Westwood, California.
Actor Joel Courtney arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Super 8' at Regency Village Theatre on June 8, 2011 in Westwood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Horrors! That’s what movie enthusiasts chose to spend their money on this weekend.

“Super 8” was super for movie fans this weekend – and for Paramount, premiering with a three-day $37 million take for the top spot. The movie, set in a small town 32 years ago, is about a group of friends who see a mysterious train crash and start noticing some pretty strange and creepy things happening.

In second place, “X-Men: First Class” brought in $25 million for Fox. The story covers the origins of the young superheroes, and, in just two weeks, the fifth film in the X-Men franchise is nearing the $100 million mark.

“The Hangover Part II” is hanging around, taking third in its third week in release – earning $18.5 million for Warner Bros. Po, the animated star of “Kung Fu Panda 2”, grossed $16.6 million for Paramount DreamWorks and Captain Jack Sparrow and crew continue to reap a ton of gold doubloons for Buena Vista – "Pirates Of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides” rounding out the top five with $10.8 million.

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