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    Super 8's Weekend: Should J.J. Abrams Have Made Star Trek 2 First?

    Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtne,, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Super 8 Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures

    Two summer ago, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek revitalized a franchise, and begged a sequel.

    A sequel that because of Super 8, in part, still hasn't taken off.

    So, box office-wise, did Abrams made the right move—and movie? 

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    It's hard to argue with a first-place finish and a strong $37 million gross (off a blockbuster-cheap $50 million budget).

    The kids-with-a-camera tale schooled X-Men: First Class, last weekend's No. 1 film, which had an OK hold, but still managed to get beat by a lot.

    On the upside for Trekkers, now that Abrams has gotten his Steven Spielberg movie out of his system, he's seriously talking Star Trek 2 again. 

    On the downside for Trekkers, Abrams isn't sounding too married to the Trek sequel's summer 2012 release date. (And, by the by, he still hasn't officially committed to directing; he's only down for producing.) Plus, there's buzz, as recounted by, that Trek 2 will be pushed back to Christmas 2012.

    Well, as long as a Super 8 sequel doesn't arrive before Captain Kirk's…

    Elsewhere at the box office, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer was but the latest tween bomblet, debuting with just $6.3 million off a $20 million budget.

    The Hangover Part II broke the $200 million mark domestically, while Brad Pitt's The Tree of Life inched closer to the Top 10 (despite continuing to play at well under 100 theaters).

    Here's a complete look at the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

    1. Super 8, $37 million
    2. X-Men: First Class, $25 million
    3. The Hangover Part II, $18.5 million
    4. Kung Fu Panda 2, $16.6 million
    5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $10.8 million
    6. Bridesmaids, $10.2 million
    7. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, $6.3 million
    8. Midnight in Paris, $6.1 million
    9. Thor, $2.4 million
    10. Fast Five, $1.7 million

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