Elysium Is No. 1 At Box Office, But Millers Is A Big Surprise
With four new releases hitting the box office this weekend, it was No Doubt inevitable that none of them would sell a whole lot of tickets. Certainly the big surprise was Warner Bros.' We're the Millers, the comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis that few critics liked but audiences did. (It received an A- CinemaScore.) Opening on Wednesday, the film took in an estimated $38 million over five days -- $26.6 million between Friday and Sunday. Had it opened on Friday, it would almost certainly have beaten Elysium, which brought in about $30.5 million, about what tracking studies had predicted. However, although the Matt Damon sci-fi action movie led the weekend, Sony's TriStar, which reportedly paid $115 million for worldwide rights, has a long way to go to recoup its nut. Disney's Planes opened in third place with around $22.5 million -- not bad considering the fact that it cost only about $50 million to make and was originally intended to go straight to video. Fox's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was fourth with $14.6 million for the weekend, or about $23 million since its debut on Wednesday. Last week's top film, Universal's 2 Guns, rounded out the top five with $11.1 million, down 59 percent from a week ago. In its third week, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine added 66 theaters and boosted ticket sales 36 percent above last weekend to $2.5 million, averaging a whopping $21,750 per theater, to place eleventh. By contrast, Elysium, the No. 1 film, averaged $9,257 per theater.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Elysium, $30.5 million; 2. We're the Millers, $26.6 million; 3. Planes, $22.5 million; 4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, $14.6 million; 5. 2 Guns, $11.1 million; 6. Smurfs 2, $9.5 million; 7. The Wolverine, $8 million; 8. The Conjuring, $6.7 million; 9. Despicable Me 2, $5.7 million; 10. Grown Ups 2, $3.7 million.