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

'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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