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J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' Jumps $100 Million Mark Domestically

Joel Courtney in Super 8
François Duhamel/Paramount Pictures

The film has earned $100.5 so far as it heads into its fourth weekend in theaters.

Paramount’s Super 8 officially turned into a box office monster on Thursday when crossing the $100 million mark on Thursday.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, the $55 million movie was the subject of furious debate on the eve of its opening in terms of how well it would play.

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But once Super 8 began rolling in theaters, the naysayers were quelled.

On Thursday, Super 8 grossed $1.2 million, upping its domestic cume to $100.5 million. The pic now heads into its fourth weekend of play.

Super 8 has seen minimal drops, and has been playing in more theaters than when it first debuted. It’s opening location count was 3,379; in recent days, the movie has been playing in 3,424 theaters.

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The retro period sci-fi pic might be about small-town America, but Super 8 is doing good business overseas, where it has earned $36 million to date for a worldwide gross of $136.5 million.

Domestically, Super 8 has done better than films including Battle: Los Angles ($83.6 million) and The Adjustment Bureau ($62.5 million).