Matt Damon's sci-fi action film debuts with $11.2M as Jennifer Aniston's pot comey does $8.5M and Disney's kids film takes off with $8M
The Matt Damon sci-fi action movie “Elysium” launched at No. 1 Friday, knocking Jennifer Aniston’s pot comedy “We’re the Millers” into second in a very crowded weekend at the box office.
With its $11.2 million first day, “Elysium” is a looking at a $30 million three-day total. That’s a little less than Sony had hoped for, but looks like enough to win a weekend with three other wide openers. First-night moviegoers gave director Neill Blomkamp’s R-rated follow-up to “District 9” a “B” CinemaScore.
The crowded marketplace almost certainly took something off the top of nearly every film’s grosses, but overall business was running 12 percent ahead of the comparable weekend last year.
Warner Bros.’ “We’re the Millers” brought in $8.5 million Friday and should hit $25 million for the three days. That would give the R-rated comedy, which co-stars Jason Sudeikis, roughly $35 million since its Wednesday opening.
Disney’s 3D animated family film “Planes” debuted in third with $8.1 million on Friday, and the DisneyToon Studios' “Cars” spin-off should land with around $22 million for the three days. First-night audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore, so it won't be shock if it goes higher.
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which opened Wednesday, was fourth Friday and is on pace for a $25 million five-day total. Fox’s PG-rated teen-skewing adventure fantasy added $4.5 million and should come in with around $15 million for the weekend.
“Elysium” is in 3,284 theaters, including 371 Imax screens. That more than "We're the Millers" (3,260) and “Percy Jackson” (3,031), but less than “Planes,” which is in 3,702 locations.
Last week’s No. 1 movie, the Mark Wahlberg-Denzel Washington action comedy “Two Guns,” tumbled 64 percent from last week on Friday and brought in $3.7 million. That will put it at around $11 million for the weekend and would mean a second-week domestic total of around $48 million for Universal.
Sony’s 3D animated kids movie “The Smurfs 2,” back for its second week, took in $3 million Friday from a market-high 3,867 theaters. That’s off just 44 percent from last week and puts it on track for a $10 million weekend, which would give its a two-week total of roughly $47 million.
Fox’s superhero sequel “The Wolverine” was seventh Friday. Its $2.8 million take should translate to an $8 million third week and a domestic total of around $112 million.
If things stay on the current pace, the weekend top ten would be rounded out by “The Conjuring” and “Despicable Me 2” at around $6 million and “Grown-Ups 2” at roughly $4 million.