Even though Elysium gave Matt Damon his best opening since his Jason Bourne days, it’s somewhat of a disappointment. Director Neill Blomkamp’s debut flick, District 9, stormed into theaters with $37.4 million. With a bigger budget (reportedly $115 million) and A-list cast (Jodie Foster and Damon), Elysium raked in only $30.5 million. Not bad, but not great. With less-than-stellar reviews and a “B” CinemaScore grade, its long-run prospects don’t look promising. I actually saw the film this Friday and while not the best, I enjoyed it. My biggest problems were the silly reboot syntax at the end and Foster’s odd accent. What exactly was that?
Coming in second place were Jennifer Aniston and her fake family in We’re The Millers. The R-rated comedy exceeded expectations with $26.6 million over the weekend and $38 million since its Wednesday opening. The film has already recouped its $37 million budget. With an impressive “A-” CinemaScore, We’re The Millers could become Aniston’s sixth film to cross over the magical $100 million mark. There’s no doubt she’s the most successful “Friend.”
Third and fourth place saw new family-friendly entries. Given the glutton of films aimed at kids this summer, it’s not surprising both Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened tepidly. Disney’s Planes barely took off with $22.5 million, while Percy Jackson only swam with $14.6 million. Which films did you see this weekend? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.