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Mania Box Office Report: Elysium

Millers true Winner

By Robert T. Trate     August 11, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

Elysium may be the winner of the weekend, but in comparison to total grosses and budget, the true winner is We’re the Millers. Which proves if you have the likes of Jennifer Aniston semi stripping in your trailer, you will get a lot of men to come to your film. 

Elysium did numbers that were noticeably smaller in comparison to other original sci-fi pictures of 2013. Both Pacific Rim and Oblivion started with $37 million for their opening box office takes. Yet Elysium did do better than After Earth ($27.5 million). 

Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo doesn’t think it is all bad though. “On the surface, this isn't a bad start: its Matt Damon's best debut since the Bourne franchise ended, and original R-rated sci-fi isn't exactly an easy sell. Still, it is disappointing that it fell so far short of District 9, and a weak "B" CinemaScore suggests its long-term prospects aren't strong. It will likely fall short of $100 million at the domestic box office, which would make it the fourth expensive Sony movie this Summer to miss that mark (along with After Earth, White House Down and The Smurfs 2)”.

I’m venturing off to see Elysium tonight. Anyone else not see it this weekend? Who’s heading out before Friday?


 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

Elysium

 

$30,400,000

3,284

$9,257

$30,400,000

$115

2

We’re the Millers

 

$26,555,000

3,260

$8,146

$38,044,000

$37

3

Planes

 

$22,525,000

3,702

$6,085

$22,525,000

$50

4

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

 

$14,600,000

3,031

$4,817

$23,457,000

$90

5

2 Guns

 

$11,128,000

3,028

$3,675

$48,517,000

$61

6

The Smurfs 2

 

$9,500,000

3,867

$2,457

$46,600,000

$105

7

The Wolverine

 

$8,000,000

2,867

$2,790

$111,986,000

$120

8

The Conjuring

 

$6,700,000

2,650

$2,528

$120,745,000

$20

9

Despicable Me 2

 

$5,748,000

2,395

$2,400

$338,314,000

$76

10

Grown Ups 2

 

$3,700,000

2,102

$1,760

$123,800,000

$76


This week we see if Jim Carrey was right and Kick-Ass 2 is/ was too violent. I’m looking forward to it, especially after reading the first two issues of Mark Millars’ “Kick-Ass 3”.

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Walker 8/11/2013 6:28:19 PM

The really bad news is if you read the world box office.  Pacific Rim opened in Japan this week to only 3 million.  That is pretty horrible for a kaiju film.

CaptAmerica04 8/11/2013 6:39:46 PM

Jennifer Aniston is hideous.  I have NEVER understood her appeal.  She's anorexic, flat-chested, her face looks eternally pinched, and her voice is only slightly less obnoxious than Fran Drescher.

/endrant

I really want to see Elysium.  I'm no Matt Damon fan (he's mediocre to me, I don't love nor hate him in movies), but the story looks compelling, and Blomkamp is a real talent behind the camera.  Dude needs to be supported.

vitieddie 8/11/2013 8:21:37 PM

Jennifer looks hot in this film.

kinetoscope 8/11/2013 9:43:36 PM

 Hideous? Someone needs to check your man card. I don't think she's in hte top 10, but she is a beautiful woman. 

I enjoyed Grown Ups, but part 2 was just not good, it was below average. #letdown

I really enjoyed The Wolverine, I liked it all the way until the final battle... Also... why did no one know to look at the family house? Really? Other than that, it was good.

monkeyfoot 8/12/2013 4:14:10 AM

 Saw Elysium in a mostly vacant IMAX theatre Saturday night. I really enjoyed it. Trailers tell too much of the story but it was still enjoyable. The FX were the most realistic I have ever seen! As with most FX films that work is done by multiple companies. Blomkamp appears to be able to pick the right team to make his films look like everything happens in front of the camera.

She isn't on the top of my list but Aniston is very beautiful to me. I have to admit I enjoy her romantic movies.

 

goirish83 8/12/2013 5:34:22 AM

"We're the Millers" was hilarious.  Jennifer Aniston is hot, seriously hot.

6dra6on6 8/12/2013 7:40:55 AM

At first I wanted to see Elysium until I found out it is just a propaganda film to push a socialist agenda. I hate when Hollywood tries to force their views down our throats. I don't mind social commentary as long as it presents both sides equally and lets us decide for ourselves. Even when it's an agenda I agree with I hate it. Please, just entertain me. Please.

 

CyanideRush 8/12/2013 9:20:43 AM

 @6dra6on6: I disagree. I see Scifi as an avenue to ask tough question, explore morality, and push buttons (which could lead to self examination). Star Trek (TOS) had that in spades, and it's one of the principal reasons why Continuum is the best scifi show currently on TV. That being said, there's nothing wrong with a scifi film functioning as pure entertainment, but to disregard it simply because the internet rabble rouses about its message kind of misses the point. I haven't seen it, but those I've spoken to have noted that the message in the film is really not that blatant or pushy; I'd advise you to take screaming exaggerations of the internet with a grain of salt (you kind of don't *know* that it's some sort of propaghanda film, because you haven't seen it- just as I don't know that it's not). *shrugs* -Chuck

gammenon 8/12/2013 9:43:02 AM

There are social issues explored in a vast multitude of cinema.  Just depends on what you agree on.

theduck1980 8/12/2013 4:49:09 PM

@Walker

It has nearly doubled it's 190mill cost now, so it's not all bad.  It has done poorly in Japan but broke warner bros record in China.  Not surprising really, the Japanese deserved bigger representation in this movie... thats one thing del toro got wrong IMO.  I couldn't believe that an Aussie Robot was in there, that's the one that should have been Japanese(& i'm an aussie!)

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