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A Six-Minute Clip, And Downplayed Expectations, For Abrams’ Super 8

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MSN Movies has premiered a six-minute clip from Super 8, the heavily promoted, but highly mysterious, sci-fi thriller from writer/director J.J. Abrams and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

While the combination of those two names would seem like a recipe for a summer blockbuster, Paramount Pictures is downplaying expectations, insisting that the $50-million doesn’t really need a big opening weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives estimate Super 8, which premieres on Friday, will gross between $25 million and $30 million in its first weekend.

Vulture, points, points to tracking data and wonders whether Super 8 will be a box-office disappointment. It seems that only about 64 percent of respondents were even aware of the movie, and just 36 expressed ““definite interest” in watching it. Still, an unnamed expert predicts the film will take in $30 million this weekend — on the upper end of Paramount’s estimate. So even if Super 8 is a “disappointment” by Vulture’s standards, it looks as if the studio will be pleased.

Super 8 stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich and Ron Eldard.