The first time Will Smith teamed up with his son Jaden back in 2006, the two scored with The Pursuit of Happyness. The stunt casting proved unsuccessful the second time around. The $130 million M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi film, based on an original story idea by Will Smith himself grossed just $27 million and landed in third place. Reportedly, Sony was hoping for an opening in the $35 million neighborhood for After Earth. Smith used to by synonymous with summer blockbusters, but his latest represents his lowest summer opening in 20 years. Better fast track that Men In Black 4 script ;)
Taking the top spot for a second lap was Fast and Furious 6 even though it dropped a steep 65 percent to $34.5 million. The film has already earned $170.4 million, making it the second-highest in the franchise behind Fast Five‘s $209 million haul. Here’s a little fun fact about one of the film’s co-stars. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the Top 10 since February 22 with a string of films: Fast & Furious 6, Pain & Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Snitch. Who knew The Rock was such a box office draw?
Also opening this weekend was the magician thriller, Now You See Me. The film worked its magic at the box office and conjured up an unexpected $28.1 million from only 2,925 theaters. Most industry experts were predicting a $20 million-range bow. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.