Box Office Shocker: Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Loses to ‘Now You See Me’ on Friday

'After Earth'
Sony Pictures

'Fast and Furious 6' to take first with worse-than-expected $35 million

Pre-weekend tracking appears to have been off this weekend as Sony’s “After Earth” underperforms and Summit’s “Now You See Me” overperforms to meet in the middle at an anticipated sum just less than $30 million this weekend.

After taking second in the domestic marketplace Friday, “Now You See Me” is expected to close the frame in second with about $27 million, spectacularly beating earlier projections that had the pic in the mid-to-high teens.

Conversely, “After Earth,” which was projected to earn between $35 million and $40 million, is right on “Now You See Me’s” heels. Pics earned $9.8 million and about $10.1 million Friday, respectively.

Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6” is easily retaining the top spot in its soph sesh, though not with the margin of victory  expected a few days ago. A total near $50 million has been scaled back to $35 million — a 65% week-over-week drop — after Friday’s $10.5 million haul, barely ahead of the frame’s openers.

In limited release, CBS Films bowed “The Kings of Summer” and Fox Searchlight bowed “The East” both on four screens this frame. They enjoyed per screen averages of $4,443 and $4,875 Friday, respectively.

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  1. MusicCityDawg says:

    What’s up with Smith’s face in this? Seems like they are tying to make him look like Obama.

  2. L Ron Shyster says:

    After Earth is Will Smith’s blatant ode to Scientology just as battlefield Earth was Travolta’s and both films are garbage. Will Smiths son needs to learn to act instead of just get roles from a famous father and he’s also brainwashed from going to the scientology school that his daddy opened for him to go to. He probably would have failed public school unless daddy was talking to him and auditing him through it.

  3. yankeesrj12 says:

    Who was predicting $40 million for this? Did they SEE the previews? The movie looked absolutely horrible and people are sick of Will Smith and his family.

  4. Ted Nolan says:

    Both movies sucked.

  5. Tania says:

    The same Will Smith that abandoned Django Unchained because he was jealous of Christoph Waltz and demanded radical changes to Tarantino’s script to axe Waltz? Let me remember….Django Unchained won two Oscars, accidentally for both Tarantino and Waltz, and it earned good reviews and a good boxoffice. Will Smith earned what? 13% positive reviews and a turkey. Nice move, Will, you are the hero of your film, do you kill the bad guy here?

  6. David Peñasco Maldonado says:

    M. Night Shyamalan is an egotistical ‘I-know-it-all’ despot and the main reason of the After Earth debacle is his absolute inability to handle a blockbuster. I hope Hollywood has learnt the lesson and stop hiring Shyamala-rama-rama-din-don.

  7. CJ says:

    How can anyone be shocked??? Seriously, I am a fan of Will Smith, but enough of the lame screen time with your sons – remember the “Just the two of us video”.

  8. Kenmandu says:

    The non-sequel copycat tent-poles will now precede to flop one after another… Prepare yourselves for next year’s all-sequel summer.

  9. Dick Delson says:

    enough with “Fast and Furious”

  10. George Valentin says:

    I can see Carlton laughing right now.

  11. Kile Ozier says:

    Just who is this supposed to shock?

    From the announcement to the trailer to the opening, “Afterbirth” has been, obviously, Will Smith’s “Swept Away” – a vanity project where no one seems to have been able to advise against poor decision-making. Any story needs a narrative arc and a logic to be resonant; from the trailers and the reviews, it’s apparent that this piece arrogantly overlooks the intelligence of the audience and the responsibility of the artists to respect the craft. I’ll wait for it on Netflix.

  12. Glenn says:

    It’s called Nepotism. Just because it had his son in it we are supposed to flock to it! Ridiculous. Never should have been made. Saw the trailer and thought, No Way!

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