Box Office: ‘Elysium’ Headed to OK $30 Million Debut

Rearview: "Elysium" Extended Trailer

'Planes' nosediving to third

Taking slightly less than previously expected, Sony’s “Elysium” is looking at a three-day total just shy of $30 million, enough to beat three newcomers and a crowded marketplace of holdovers.

Early estimates had the apocalyptic actioner earning just a few million more, so this bow is not far off the mark, but it is modest given a $115 million budget. Pic took $11.2 million Friday domestically, and opened day-and-date in 17 overseas markets.

Warner Bros. opened “We’re the Millers” on Wednesday to get a head start on the weekend, which appears to be paying off. It took second Friday, despite some speculation that it would be edged out by Disney’s “Planes,” with $8.5 million.

And it looks like the laffer will maintain second with a three-day gross around $25 million. It has cumed $20 million domestically since Wednesday.

The Mouse’s “Cars” spinoff “Planes” is losing altitude as predictions for a $30 million bow are scaling back to the low- or mid-$20 million range. “Planes” took $8.1 million Friday and should see a small bump from families on Saturday, but probably not enough to move up from third.

Made on the cheap relative to most animated films, “Planes” will have no trouble recouping its $50 million budget to be a modest success for the studio.

Finally, Fox bowed “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” Wednesday to less successful ends than “Millers.” Pic earned $4.9 million Friday for a cume of $13.8 million in three days.

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  1. Crystal Moore says:

    Part of the problem behind the soft opening has to do with the R rating. Parents want to drop their teens off at the movies for a few hours of down time and when there is nothing playing that they can watch, this becomes a conflict of interest. R rates summer action flicks with A list actors are a no-no. They are a crap-shoot at best. But why take the risk. Bad call Sony.

  2. Stephan Klose says:

    Everybody would’ve hailed “Elysium” as the next coming if it didn’t come from Neill Blomkamp. Everybody expected this to be the best sci-fi ever. One can’t always produce hits. I haven’t seen it yet but I am sure it’s a superior movie to most stuff that’s out there

  3. Symphonic1 says:

    Elysium was not too bad. Not awesome like District 9. But worth the price of a Matinee.

    • VinceThePrince says:

      Can’t agree. The very fact that you said ‘not too bad’ means something. Blomkamp was crowned a king way too earlier. So far this is more of a Wachowski siblings path. Themes, philosophy, and action taking priority over story and character, and crap movies coming as a result.

      • Symphonic1 says:

        I agree with you. My statement of saying the movie was “not too bad” still stands. The movie was not too bad. I didnt say it was great. Its only his second movie, the only other body of work we have to compare to is District 9 which was a great movie in itself. Compared to the other BS Hollywood puts out I’d say this flick is a solid action/Scifi movie and worth the price of a Matinee. I love movies. I usually give em a chance and go watch them if I’m intrigued. And Elysium intrigued me. “I thought it wss not too bad”. In other words. It was ok. Worth the price of a Matinee. You will be entertained not disappointed with the $ you spent to see it. Thats all i meant to say.

  4. Elysium looks laughably juvenile — basically Occupy porn.

  5. sue says:

    IMO best movie of the summer. Deserves a bigger box office

  6. ted says:

    Proves there is an audience for everything, reguardless of quality.

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