Box Office Hit

In a sea of sequels and franchises, an original feature is sure to stand out during the summer movie season. And with its mysterious plot (a group of small-town kids film a catastrophic train crash), buzz-worthy trailer, and big names behind the camera (J.J. Abrams is director, Steven Spielberg is producer), Super 8 is one of the year’s most anticipated movies. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

JJ Abrams, Spielberg’s ‘Super 8’ Lifts Off With $37M

Hollywood’s summer box-office streak has cooled a bit with a $37 million opening weekend for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi tale “Super 8.”


(credit: Warner Bros.)

‘Hangover’ Hurls Up Huge Numbers With $86.5M Debut

“The Hangover Part II” hauled in $86.5 million in its first weekend, nearly twice the business the original blockbuster comedy did in its debut two years ago, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the premiere of "Thor" in Hollywood on May 2, 2011.  (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Thor’ Hammers ‘Bridesmaids’ At Box Office

“Thor” nailed down the No. 1 spot at the box office again. The 3-D superhero film from Paramount, based on the Marvel comic, earned $34.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Anne Hathaway arrives for the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox & Blue Sky Studios' 'RIO' on April 10, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images)

‘Rio’ Speaks Louder Than ‘Madea,’ Repeats At No. 1

Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg’s talking birds have edged out Tyler Perry’s sass-talking grandma at the weekend box office.


(L-R) Actors Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon attend the premiere of 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on March 4, 2010 in New York City. (credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

‘Wimpy Kid’ Rules Weekend With $24.4M Opening

The 20th Century Fox family sequel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $24.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at Relativity Media's Los Angeles Special Screening of 'Limitless' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

‘Limitless’ Tops Box Office With $19M

There was no stopping “Limitless” at the box office. The sci-fi thriller opened at No. 1 this weekend with $19 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.


A general view of atmosphere at the Premiere Of Touchstone Pictures' "Gnomeo And Juliet" held at the El Capitan Theatre on January 23, 2011 in Hollywood.  (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ Wins Box Office On Oscar Weekend

Walt Disney’s “Gnomeo & Juliet,” an animated 3-D twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” took in $14.2 million in its third week of release, leading the box office on Oscar weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Actors Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler attend the premiere of 'Just Go With It' at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 8, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Sandler, Aniston Barely Beat Bieber At Box Office

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are America’s box-office sweethearts, but Justin Bieber is the valentine for teen fans.


Actresses Minka Kelly (L) and Leighton Meester (R) arrive at the Screening Of Screen Gems' 'The Roommate' on January 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

‘Roommate’ Earns Top Box-Office Bunk With $15.6M

The college thriller “The Roommate” has moved into the top spot at the box office with a $15.6 million debut over a typically slow Super Bowl weekend as the NFL championship game preoccupies movie fans.


(credit: MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Tron: Legacy’ Uploads At No. 1 With $43.6M Debut

Jeff Bridges’ sci-fi sequel “Tron: Legacy” has leaped to the top of the box-office grid with a $43.6 million opening weekend.


Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson (L-R) in scene from movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part.” (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/AP)

‘Harry Potter’ Leads Holiday Weekend With $50.3M

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” remained the No. 1 movie with $50.3 million over Thanksgiving weekend, closely followed by the animated musical “Tangled” with $49.1 million.


Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Box Office Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Conjures Up $125.1M Opening Weekend

Harry Potter has cast his biggest box-office spell yet with a franchise record $125.1 million domestically over opening weekend.


(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Ferrell’s ‘Megamind’ Has Mega Debut With $47.7M

Will Ferrell’s animated super-villain comedy “Megamind” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $47.7 million. The voice cast also includes Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill.


‘Paranormal’ Follow-Up Scares $41.5M Out Of Fans

Fear has taken hold at the box office with a $41.5 million debut for scary movie “Paranormal Activity 2,” according to studio estimates Sunday.


Actor Jesse Eisenberg attends Columbia Pictures' and The Cinema Society's screening of 'The Social Network' at the School of Visual Arts Theater on September 29, 2010, in New York City. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Fans Befriend ‘Social Network’ With $23M Debut

Movie fans are spending some face time with a story about the founders of Facebook. “The Social Network,” director David Fincher’s drama about the quarrelsome creation of the online juggernaut, debuted as the No. 1 weekend film with $23 million.