4 preternatural films among weekend’s top box-office earners

Holiday weekends are always a good time at the box office. Although the long Fourth of July weekend isn’t over yet, Rentrak Corp. has released their weekly estimates and four films with preternatural themes of twists earned big at the box office this weekend.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

It seems as though an Autobot’s work is never done. They are back in Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon attempting to save the world once again from the Decepticons. This third instalment of the franchise stars many big Hollywood names. Reprising their roles are Shia LaBeof, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, to name a few. Patrick Dempsey joins the cast as does newcomer, Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

Earning $97.4 million this weekend, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the highest earning, preternatural film at the box-office this weekend. Directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, this is the first Transformers film to be offered in 3D for those who enjoy wearing the less than fashionable 3D glasses.

In this installment, we are taken back to 1961 when President John F. Kennedy makes his promise to the nation to put a man on the moon. Little did the nation know, the reason behind such a promise was because of a report of a crash on the moon. The 1969 NASA moon landing was actually an investigation of the wrecked spacecraft. We are then fast-forward to 2011 where we see Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeof) through his desperate attempt to navigate adulthood and we learn that he is no longer with Mikaela, but is now living with his new girlfriend, Carly (Huntington-Whitely). The Autobots, however, learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and are forced into a race against the Decepticons to find it and learn its secrets.

Read reviews of Super 8, Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class here. 


Super 8 

Produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by J.J. Abrams, Super 8 slipped to the Number 4 spot, bringing Paramount another estimated $7.5 million this weekend. A group of young friends– Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning), Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), Cary (Ryan Lee), Preston (Zach Mills), Charles (Riley Griffiths) and Martin (Gabriel Basso) witness a train wreck and begin to investigate strange happenings in their small town.

 Green Lantern

Slipping from the Number 3 spot to the Number 7 spot, Green Lantern, brings another estimated $6.2 million dollars for Warner Bros.

Protectors of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corps, a brotherhood of warriors who are sworn to keep intergalactic order; each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him super powers. When a new enemy, called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, the fate of the Green Lanterns and Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), the first human ever selected. Green Lanterns have little respect for humans but they soon realize that Hal is a missing piece to the puzzle. Along with Hal’s determination and willpower, he has one thing that no other member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. If Hal can master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

X-Men: First Class 

X-Men: First Class dropped to the Number 11 spot this weekend, bringing in another estimated $2.9 million for 20th Century Fox.

This film takes us to the beginning of the X-Men saga and to the beginning of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy,) and Erik Lehnsherr’s (Michael Fassbender) story during the Cold War. This film is set in the 1960s- the dawn of the Space Age and at the height of the Cold War, when escalating tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union threaten the entire planet. It is also when the world discovers the existence of mutants.

That’s all for us this weekend. What did you see at the movies?