No Will Power As After Earth Crashes
It was the day Will Smith's plan to groom his son to follow in his footsteps came crashing to earth. Their movie, After Earth, in which Jaden Smith is the star and Will a supporting actor, took in around $27 million over the weekend, far less than expected, and a trifle considering the reported $120 million it cost to produce the film. Some forecasters had expected it to challenge last week's champ, Fast and Furious, for the weekend box-office crown, but that didn't happen, due in part to terrible reviews that lambasted the performance of 14-year-old Jaden. Furious dropped a steep 65 percent in its second weekend, but that still amounted to $35 million, and it was enough to keep it in first place for the second week in a row and bring its domestic total to $170 million. Overseas, it earned more than twice as much -- $75 million. Worldwide, its gross now stands at $480 million. A stand-out surprise was Now You See Me, which a lot more people saw than forecasters had anticipated. The film earned $28 million, well above the $15-20 million that pundits and predicted. Fourth place was too close to call. Star Trek Into Darkness and Fox's animated Epic each earned around $16.4 million, followed closely by The Hangover Part 3, which brought it around $15.9 million in its second seek, a drop of about 62 percent.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Fast & Furious 6, $34.5 million; 2. Now You See Me, $28.05 million; 3. After Earth, $27 million; 4. (tie) Epic, $16.4 million; 4. (tie) Star Trek: Into Darkness, $16.4 million; 5. The Hangover Part III, $15.9 million; 6. Iron Man 3, $8 million; 7. The Great Gatsby, $6.3 million; 8. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, $1.6 million; 9. Mud, $1.2 million; 10. The Croods, $615,000.