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No-so-'Super 8' tops weak movie weekend

Hollywood's summer box-office streak has cooled with a $37 million opening weekend for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's sci-fi tale "Super 8," The Associated Press reports.

It was a healthy but unremarkable launch in a summer season whose newcomers often open with two or three times as much money. Released by Paramount Pictures, "Super 8" centers on teen filmmakers and an alien entity that escapes from a wrecked train.

"The movie was never conceived to be a blockbuster, tent-pole film opening to $60 or $70 million," said Don Harris, head of distribution for Paramount.

Writer-director Abrams was inspired by his own youth as a Super 8 filmmaker who emulated talents such as Spielberg, a producer on "Super 8."

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