The sci-fi thriller "Super 8" opened at No. 1 at the box office this weekend with $37 million.
The film, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg and stars a young cast who witness a mysterious train wreck, beat out "X-Men: First Class," which collected $25 million in its second week of release.
Meanwhile, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," the weekend's other new film in wide release, brought in $6.3 million.
To create additional buzz before the "Super 8" opening, Paramount announced last week via Twitter that it would hold screenings in 324 theaters nationwide Thursday. Those pulled in about $1 million, which is not included in the weekend's total gross.
The super-hero flick "Green Lantern" and the Jim Carrey comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" open next weekend.