‘Elysium’ falters at the box office

August 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Elysium (Sony TriStar-MRC) SPRI $30.4m (NE)
2. We’re The Millers (Warner Bros) WBPI $26.6m ($38m) (NE)
3. Planes (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $22.5m (NE)
4. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (Fox) Fox Int’l $14.6m ($23.5m) (NE)
5.  2 Guns (Universal) Foresight Unlimited $11.1m ($48.5m) (1)

 

Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ grossed $30.4m to take the No.1 spot at the North American box office but, with competition from three other wide releases, it finished almost $5m below Sony’s expectations.  The sci-fi drama, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, will join a growing list of summer releases relying on the international markets to bridge the gap.  It is the follow-up to Blomkamp’s surprise debut hit, ‘District 9’, but average reviews and a ‘B’ CinemaScore from first night audiences have hindered attempts to build on natural momentum.  Blomkamp’s third feature, the sci-fi comedy, ‘Chappie’, with Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel leading the cast, is currently in pre-production.

 

It was a successful session for the R-rated Jennifer Aniston vehicle, ‘We’re the Millers’, which exceeded expectations with an impressive $26.6m weekend, taking its early tally to $38m since Wednesday’s launch.  The daring comedy defied critics with an ‘A-’ CinemaScore and the strong word of mouth propelled it to a close race with ‘Elysium’ on Saturday, where just $0.5m separated the two films.

 

Disney’s decision to run with a theatrical release for the 3D ‘Cars’ spin-off, ‘Planes’, paid off with a strong $22.5m opening weekend.  The studio originally produced it for the VoD market, restricting the budget to a comparatively low $50m for an animated feature.

 

‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ earned a further $14.6m over the three days, increasing its running total to $23.5m since arriving on Wednesday.  The family sequel performed in line with market predictions but fell $7.5m short of its predecessor’s opening.

 

Meanwhile, last weekend’s No.1, ‘2 Guns’, dropped by a steep 60%, grossing $11.1m  in fifth place.  But it still boasts a strong $48.5m overall after ten days in play domestically.fluoxetine 40 mg capsulecan you buy fluoxetine over the counter fluoxetine for social anxietyfluoxetine 20 mg buy online prozac liquid formfluoxetine buy online uk fluoxetine 20 mg cap

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