‘Elysium,’ ‘Planes’ Jockeying for No. 1 Position at the Box Office

'Elysium,' 'Planes' Jockeying for No. 1

Sony's big-budget Matt Damon pic off to a clunky start

UPDATE: Disney’s “Planes” is riding Matt Damon’s big-budget tail at the U.S. box office Friday afternoon. Analysts have both the 3D toon and Sony’s “Elysium” circling the $30 million mark for the weekend, according to early ticket sales.

Disney believes its “Cars” spinoff, made for only $50 million, will get an additional lift from Saturday matinees while Sony insiders suggest the R-rated Neill Blomkamp sci-fier, produced for $115 million, may see a boost in adult audiences late Friday. Either way, “it’s too tough to tell” as one insider says, who will land at No. 1 based on preliminary results.

In third place, Warner Bros.’ comedy “We’re the Millers” continues to place nicely since opening Wednesday. After earning $11.5 million in two days, the Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis comedy is now on track for a five-day opening in the $35 million range — that’s just a hair behind Anison and Sudeikis’ 2011 smash hit, “Horrible Bosses,” which opened to $28 million in three days before going on to earn $200 million worldwide.

Fox’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” this week’s other Wednesday opener, is projected to debut in the low-$20 millions.  The figures would represent a 30% drop-off from the original “Percy Jackson’s” debut in 2011 ($31 million in three days), marking what could very well be the last installment in Fox’s teen fantasy franchise.

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Though it’s hardly a smash hit, Sony’s second original sci-fi tentpole of the summer is at least faring better than the studio’s first go-round.

“Elysium,” starring Matt Damon, earned a modest $1.6 million in Thursday night screenings, beginning at 10 p.m. That’s slightly above Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan’s big-budget “After Earth,” which, after opening to $1 million Thursday night, went on to crater domestically for Sony with a weak $27 million weekend.

But “Elysium” is notably trailing Neill Blomkamp’s last film, “District 9,” which, on a $30 million budget, performed much better ($37 million) with a no-name cast.

Disney’s “Planes” and Fox’s “Percy Jackson” sequel will target family audiences while early riser “We’re the Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston, already opened strongly on Wednesday with $6.8 million.

As of Friday morning, “Elysium” remained the favorite to win the weekend.

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  1. guest says:

    35 million in 5 days is not a smash hit. Just another propaganda push for an actress with marginal talent.

  2. DK says:

    I went to see We’re The Millers last night. Percy Jackson was sold-out at the theater (to my surprise). There was barely an empty seat to be found in the theater for We’re The Milllers and i noticed there was good amount of young teens (under 17) that I’m assuming bought a ticket for Percy Jackson and went to in to the We’re The Millers theater (i admit…many years ago I would sometimes do the same trick to see a R-rated movie). So i think Percy Jackson should thank We’re The Millers for a portion of its Box Office take and We’re The Millers box office take would be even more if everyone watching it actually had bought a ticket for that movie.

  3. We’re the Millers is by far the funniest film I have seen in a long time. It is directed brilliantly and it takes me back to the time when I loved films like Vegas & Plain, Trains & Automobiles.
    It’s truly a fantastic film that puts you in a great mood!!

  4. Facepalm says:

    I think many people who saw District 9 considered the movie racist and will not be returning to see the director’s follow up. I won’t be.

  5. Wanker says:

    Elysium looks laughably juvenile — basically Occupy porn.

  6. another hairy kardashian sister says:

    Percy jackson films just a cheap Harry potter wannabe. Be gone and dont come back again. well done to Anniston for not starring in a flop it makes a nice change. Ill assume she’s playing the same character she always plays in her few hit films then.

  7. Bobo Brazil says:

    Another $190M writedown (loss) in the making for Disney quite possibly. Damon can always blame it on the critics like that stoner Depp did. Damon will need to find another vehicle in which he can tell mankind how to run its perspective lives.

    • Not Loving it says:

      Elysium is Sonys not disney …
      Planes is a cheaply made money grab and it will make profits

      • Bill says:

        Exactly; Disney’s biggest concern should be that auds will assume it’s a Pixar film rather than a “Hey, let’s do “Cars” with planes!” cheapie.

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