Four new films opened this August weekend to overall decent if not sensational results, and several long-running performers yielded a top 10 slightly ahead of last year ($149 million vs. $129 million), bringing the year-to-date total about even with 2012.
Sony’s adventure film ‘Elysium’ topped three other newcomers to win the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures released Monday: The movie starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster topped the weekend box office, raking in some $30.5 million. The sci-fi thriller beat out the Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis’ comedy “We’re the Millers” ($26.6M) and Disney’s latest animated family aerial adventure ‘Planes’ which opened at No. 3, earning $22.2 million.
Action fantasy sequel ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ debuted at No. 4, earning $14.4 million for a total of $23.2 million since opening Wednesday. Meanwhile, Action crime comedy ‘2 Guns’ starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg dropped from the top spot to No. 5 in its second weekend, earning $11.2 million for a total of $48.6 million since opening Aug. 2.
Sony has had a turbulent summer. They scored two solid hits with “This Is the End” and “Grown Ups 2.” But the jury is out on the internationally-driven “The Smurfs 2,” and they suffered big-budget flops “After Earth” and “White House Down.” So it’s a relief that their not inexpensive pickup has hit #1.
BOX OFFICE NOTES: ‘The Wolverine’ is the 19th film in 2013 to earn more than $100 million, two more than the record-breaking 2012 had at the same point last year.
Culled from indiewire.com
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