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Aug. 11, 2013by: Dave Davis

Elysium is a popular destination!

There were plenty of new options at the multiplex this weekend, but the futuristic Matt Damon headliner ELYSIUM took the top spot with an opening of $30.4 million!

That marks the second August weekend that an R-rated action movie bested its competitors, after 2 GUNS took the top last week. While it's a solid opening for Damon as the main star, even higher than THE BOURNE IDENTITY's first weekend ($27.1 million), it's far below the BOURNE sequels SUPREMACY ($52.5 million) and ULTIMATUM ($69.2 million).

Unlike director Neill Blomkamp's first feature DISTRICT 9, response from both crowds and critics were mixed on ELYSIUM ('B' CinemaScore and 66% on Rotten Tomatoes). In August of 2009, the much-buzzed DISTRICT 9 (which cost less than a third of ELYSIUM's $115M budget) opened to $37.3 million and went on to $210 million worldwide. ELYSIUM starts hitting major international markets next week.

Coming in second was another R-rated offering, the new comedy WE'RE THE MILLERS with $26.5 million. The Jason Sudeikis/Jennifer Aniston road trip got a Wednesday head start for a $38 million total, effectively making back its reported production cost already. Audiences also seemed to enjoy the felonious fake family, giving their Mexican adventure an 'A-' CinemaScore.

Disney's animated airborne story PLANES glided into third with $22.5 million. The spinoff of CARS (yet not made by Pixar) was originally intended to be a direct-to-video release but was shifted to theaters, only to get a reception similar to this summer's other CG kids fare that wasn't DESPICABLE ME 2 or MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. At least PLANES came with a $50M cost, which is fairly modest compared to the $100+M budgets of most big computer-animated family flicks these days.

The sequel PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS got swamped in fourth with $14.6 million (and $23.4 million total since its Wednesday opening). That three-day take is less than half of what the first PERCY JACKSON opened to back in February of 2010, but that one ended up with $226 million worldwide (SEA OF MONSTERS gets released to international territories over the next few weeks).

Last week's champ 2 GUNS dropped to fifth with another $11.1 million, almost a 60% drop as it aims at $50 million total (it hasn't hit most overseas territories yet). Below the Wahlberg/Washington actioner, THE SMURFS 2 is looking pretty blue in the US, but the sequel has snatched an additional $110 million internationally.

In seventh place (a plunge from second last week), THE WOLVERINE has sliced through the $100 million mark domestically and $300 million worldwide, and THE CONJURING continues to scare up money. DESPICABLE ME 2 is still a juggernaut after six weeks in theaters, and the total for GROWN UPS 2 carries the implication of another reunion of Sandler buddies.

Outside the chart, TURBO hit the brakes, RED 2 has retired, THE HEAT has fizzled, and PACIFIC RIM stomped into the sunset (with $300M worldwide). Woody Allen's praised comedy BLUE JASMINE hangs right beneath the Top 10 with $2.5 million on just 116 screens, while the pornstar biopic LOVELACE only swallowed $184k on around the same number of screens.

Next weekend offers Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder JOBS, the return of colorful costumes and excessive violence in KICK-ASS 2, Forest Whitaker serving many presidents in LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, and Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard in the tech thriller you quite possibly didn't know about, PARANOIA.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Elysium $30.4 M
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2. We're the Millers $26.5 M $38 M
3. Planes $22.5 M
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4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $14.6 M $23.4 M
5. 2 Guns $11.1 M $48.5 M
6. The Smurfs 2 $9.5 M $46.6 M
7. The Wolverine $8 M $111.9 M
8. The Conjuring $6.7 M $120.7 M
9. Despicable Me 2 $5.7 M $338.3 M
10. Grown Ups 2 $3.7 M $123.8 M

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2:50PM on 08/13/2013

Just an idea

Rather than saying how some you thought the film was terrible. How about we comment and recognize how great it is to see an R rated science fiction film number 1 at the box office. This kind of success for a film like "Elysium" on it's opening weekend, allows studios to feel more comfortable about these kinds of releases.
Rather than saying how some you thought the film was terrible. How about we comment and recognize how great it is to see an R rated science fiction film number 1 at the box office. This kind of success for a film like "Elysium" on it's opening weekend, allows studios to feel more comfortable about these kinds of releases.
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1:19PM on 08/12/2013

Second only to White House Down in summer propaganda films...

(SPOILERS)...Wanted to enjoy this film so bad as I'm a big fan of District 9 but wow what a naive "sci-fi" depiction of the U.S.'s problems because thats what this movie was. So let me get this straight, in the future only white people live on the space station and speak french(?)?. All of the poor are latin people? There's no poor black people or white people as well suffering? Perhaps if they'd diversified that aspect the message would've hit home more but instead it was like getting hit in
(SPOILERS)...Wanted to enjoy this film so bad as I'm a big fan of District 9 but wow what a naive "sci-fi" depiction of the U.S.'s problems because thats what this movie was. So let me get this straight, in the future only white people live on the space station and speak french(?)?. All of the poor are latin people? There's no poor black people or white people as well suffering? Perhaps if they'd diversified that aspect the message would've hit home more but instead it was like getting hit in the face with a political baseball bat. And sorry but this film gives a false perception of what the IDEA of healthcare is. It's not a magical bed that fixes everything at the push of a button. It takes a lot of people, energy and resources to provide for the sick. To paint the image that everyone would be cured if rich people would just stop hogging the magical beds is plain ignorant. And from a story perspective it took a long time setting everything up and the pacing of the film was weird. It took forever for them to get to Elysium. And Max seemed like a selfish prick for way too long. His final move felt like it was done completely under duress. And did it feel like they were setting up something about his connection to Elysium that never came through? Confusing. It seemed like a first or second draft screenplay.
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12:22PM on 08/12/2013

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(SPOILERS) None of them were decent people? So....we see transports of families trying to save themselves and their loved ones and none of them are decent? We see slums of future LA, in a heavily overpopulated Earth. These people are suppose to look poor and hopeless. What's the first thing Spider allows to happen in the reboot of Elysium? He allows the EMS transports to go to Earth to help people. That's decent to me. What about Diego Luna's character Julio? He risks everything for Max and to
(SPOILERS) None of them were decent people? So....we see transports of families trying to save themselves and their loved ones and none of them are decent? We see slums of future LA, in a heavily overpopulated Earth. These people are suppose to look poor and hopeless. What's the first thing Spider allows to happen in the reboot of Elysium? He allows the EMS transports to go to Earth to help people. That's decent to me. What about Diego Luna's character Julio? He risks everything for Max and to helps him at every opportunity. Also, when people do get to Elysium your upset because they start ruining and breaking things. Are you kidding me? They're fighting for their lives and the lives of their children. Are you telling me that if your child was dying and you had the opportunity to save them you wouldn't because it would be wrong to break a window to gain access to the only equipment capable of saving them? If these people got to Elysium and starting killing and taking hostages like the surprise invasion of Troy then your argument would be more sound. I don't remember them saying that everyone on Elysium was a republican? They were the privileged. We live in a society where a lot of worldwide politicians do nothing for the people, and only do for their campaign and business, which is what Elysium was saying. Look at the hundreds of genocides in our world history. Elysium is about the genocide of the world. The politicians abandoned Earth cause it was collapsing with people in the middle of a slow worldwide genocide of humankind.
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8:38AM on 08/12/2013
The problem with Elysium was the story. We're supposed to feel for the characters on Earth, but none of them, with the exception of the nurse, where decent people. Even when they get to Elysium, it shows them breaking windows, and ruining things. And it's obvious that on Earth there are open boarders, and look at where that got them. If anything this movie shows a better argument for the other side. I know it;s not what the movie is about, but it almost shows how the Red Cross, and OSHA help
The problem with Elysium was the story. We're supposed to feel for the characters on Earth, but none of them, with the exception of the nurse, where decent people. Even when they get to Elysium, it shows them breaking windows, and ruining things. And it's obvious that on Earth there are open boarders, and look at where that got them. If anything this movie shows a better argument for the other side. I know it;s not what the movie is about, but it almost shows how the Red Cross, and OSHA help poorer countries, and improve the workplace. It's okay to have a message in your movie, but don't let it over shadow the story. That;s why District 9 was so good. The Action in Elysium was good though, if you can get past the story. And do Liberals really think Republicans just sit around all day thinking of ways not to help people into the country, and keep people sick? That's pretty much the message I got from the movie.
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12:21PM on 08/12/2013
(SPOILERS) None of them were decent people? So....we see transports of families trying to save themselves and their loved ones and none of them are decent? We see slums of future LA, in a heavily overpopulated Earth. These people are suppose to look poor and hopeless. What's the first thing Spider allows to happen in the reboot of Elysium? He allows the EMS transports to go to Earth to help people. That's decent to me. Also, when people do get to Elysium and your upset because they start
(SPOILERS) None of them were decent people? So....we see transports of families trying to save themselves and their loved ones and none of them are decent? We see slums of future LA, in a heavily overpopulated Earth. These people are suppose to look poor and hopeless. What's the first thing Spider allows to happen in the reboot of Elysium? He allows the EMS transports to go to Earth to help people. That's decent to me. Also, when people do get to Elysium and your upset because they start ruining and breaking things. Are you kidding me? They're fighting for their lives and the lives of their children. Are you telling me that if your child was dying and you had the opportunity to save them you wouldn't because it would be wrong to break a window to gain access to the only equipment capable of saving them? If these people got to Elysium and starting killing and taking hostages like the surprise invasion of Troy then your argument would be more sound. I don't remember them saying that everyone on Elysium was a republican? They were the privileged. We live in a society where a lot of worldwide politicians do nothing for the people, and only do for their campaign and business, which is what Elysium was saying. Look at the hundreds of genocides in our world history. Elysium is about the genocide of the world. The politicians abandoned Earth cause it was collapsing with people.
1:10AM on 08/12/2013
Thought Elysium was terrible. I was really digging it the first 30 minutes, setting up the dystopian future. But every modern day parallel was sooooo heavy handed and obvious. And the characters behaved in such inconsistent ways. Both Spyder and Jodie Foster's characters were all over the place. Foster was really bad in this movie. And the shaky cam? Dear God it literally made my girlfriend sick. She was on the couch after seeing the movie for thirty minutes with motion sickness.
Thought Elysium was terrible. I was really digging it the first 30 minutes, setting up the dystopian future. But every modern day parallel was sooooo heavy handed and obvious. And the characters behaved in such inconsistent ways. Both Spyder and Jodie Foster's characters were all over the place. Foster was really bad in this movie. And the shaky cam? Dear God it literally made my girlfriend sick. She was on the couch after seeing the movie for thirty minutes with motion sickness. Oye...at least the effects and art design were good.
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11:58PM on 08/11/2013
Wow what a let down, saw this sunday, if you like plot hole and nonsense, this is your movie.
Wow what a let down, saw this sunday, if you like plot hole and nonsense, this is your movie.
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11:58PM on 08/11/2013

I enjoyed it!

I like the more gritty look that also featured in District 9, Firefly/Serenity. I feel a little Marvel/DC fatigue so something original is just a welcome change. Not as good as D9 but better than most other stuff this summer.
I like the more gritty look that also featured in District 9, Firefly/Serenity. I feel a little Marvel/DC fatigue so something original is just a welcome change. Not as good as D9 but better than most other stuff this summer.
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11:47PM on 08/11/2013

elysium was fucking awesome !!!

That movie was FRESH, smart, FULL of originality and style, it was one hell of a ride, instant classic for me ! Thank's N.B. !
That movie was FRESH, smart, FULL of originality and style, it was one hell of a ride, instant classic for me ! Thank's N.B. !
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11:40PM on 08/11/2013
I liked Elysium. Sure it wasn't as smart or unique as District 9, but it was still an entertaining sci-fi film with good performances from Damon and Copley. Just like Pacific Rim, when we get a summer with so many sequels and reboots, it's nice to have some big budget original films as well.
I liked Elysium. Sure it wasn't as smart or unique as District 9, but it was still an entertaining sci-fi film with good performances from Damon and Copley. Just like Pacific Rim, when we get a summer with so many sequels and reboots, it's nice to have some big budget original films as well.
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10:48PM on 08/11/2013
Not a great weekend for the box office cash registers, eh.
Not a great weekend for the box office cash registers, eh.
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9:14PM on 08/11/2013
Eh about Elysium.... was really looking forward to it, but the plot didn't have an ounce of the cleverness and complexity that District 9 had. I would have been fine if it was a straightforward action film, but the action was poorly shot for the most part.
Eh about Elysium.... was really looking forward to it, but the plot didn't have an ounce of the cleverness and complexity that District 9 had. I would have been fine if it was a straightforward action film, but the action was poorly shot for the most part.
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11:26PM on 08/11/2013
The matrix-style camera spin scene was borderline funny.
The matrix-style camera spin scene was borderline funny.
8:45PM on 08/11/2013

Neill Internment Camp

If you enjoyed this movie then you will enjoy the take over of the NWO.
If you enjoyed this movie then you will enjoy the take over of the NWO.
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7:48PM on 08/11/2013
Thought Elysium would have made more. It seems that every big budget film this summer underperformed. Except Iron Man 3.
Thought Elysium would have made more. It seems that every big budget film this summer underperformed. Except Iron Man 3.
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7:33PM on 08/11/2013
Loved Elysium.sure it will become a cult sci-fi classic like Total Recall
Loved Elysium.sure it will become a cult sci-fi classic like Total Recall
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7:27PM on 08/11/2013

Unrelated

But Vin Diesel just posted up Groot as his cover photo on Facebook.... and then changed it again a few minutes later. Has he confirmed himself as Groots voice?
But Vin Diesel just posted up Groot as his cover photo on Facebook.... and then changed it again a few minutes later. Has he confirmed himself as Groots voice?
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6:52PM on 08/11/2013
Elysium was a mediocre Battle Angel rip off. This film was about on par with a Paul W.S. Anderson film. Good to see it isn't performing as well as a $115million movie should. District 9 had a better opening weekend on just $30million budget. Plus District 9 was a much better film.
Elysium was a mediocre Battle Angel rip off. This film was about on par with a Paul W.S. Anderson film. Good to see it isn't performing as well as a $115million movie should. District 9 had a better opening weekend on just $30million budget. Plus District 9 was a much better film.
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9:39PM on 08/11/2013
It had a ten million dollar budget.
It had a ten million dollar budget.
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5:32PM on 08/11/2013
Cue the studios' rush to make more R.
Cue the studios' rush to make more R.
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4:42PM on 08/11/2013

So dissapointed

Agree with ChosBeforeHos. It looked great, and I can ignore plot holes and just nonsense if a movie is engaging and entertaining. This movie was neither. (SPOILERS) Sharlto Copley's character was ridiculous. Let's hire a rapist, homicidal maniac to be one our agents. What was he capable of that was so special that any other normal human couldn't? (and won't have a desire to kill me and become president of a giant space colony where apparently 10 people live and they have a total 5 security
Agree with ChosBeforeHos. It looked great, and I can ignore plot holes and just nonsense if a movie is engaging and entertaining. This movie was neither. (SPOILERS) Sharlto Copley's character was ridiculous. Let's hire a rapist, homicidal maniac to be one our agents. What was he capable of that was so special that any other normal human couldn't? (and won't have a desire to kill me and become president of a giant space colony where apparently 10 people live and they have a total 5 security officers.) Spider has an army on earth and at the end brings 3 guys with him to Elysium. And when the people went to Elysium at the beginning, what did they expect was going to happen to them? How could they think they'd have a shot, and to have the security shouting ILLEGALS as they were running breaking into houses...my goodness. I hated this movie.
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5:11PM on 08/11/2013
I can answer that last question. For one, Elysium has great healthcare. And since it's supposed to have some parallels with the Mexican border, they're not looking to live like Jodie Foster, they just want something better than they have already.
I can answer that last question. For one, Elysium has great healthcare. And since it's supposed to have some parallels with the Mexican border, they're not looking to live like Jodie Foster, they just want something better than they have already.
5:23PM on 08/11/2013
I understood that, the Mexican border parallel, healthcare (which is fine, but it didn't have to be so obvious)...what I meant was literally did they expect to be greeted warmly? Obviously not, and they're success rate of just using a med pod was essentially zero, never mind looking for a better life. I just found it frustrating.
I understood that, the Mexican border parallel, healthcare (which is fine, but it didn't have to be so obvious)...what I meant was literally did they expect to be greeted warmly? Obviously not, and they're success rate of just using a med pod was essentially zero, never mind looking for a better life. I just found it frustrating.
8:44PM on 08/11/2013
Probably because Spyder told them they were good to go. They had no idea the ship's codes were denied by Elysium. So of course when they land, thinking they've become citizens, and get shot at, they run.
Probably because Spyder told them they were good to go. They had no idea the ship's codes were denied by Elysium. So of course when they land, thinking they've become citizens, and get shot at, they run.
4:12PM on 08/11/2013

Loved it!

Elysium was brilliant. I wasn't a big D9 fan, but this was awesome. I can't wait to see what he does next.
Elysium was brilliant. I wasn't a big D9 fan, but this was awesome. I can't wait to see what he does next.
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3:39PM on 08/11/2013

Elysium was such a disappointment

I was so pumped for this movie, as a huge fan of District 9, I wanted to see what Blomkamp could do with a bigger budget. While the effects were top notch, and the art direction, and action were great - the story completely fell apart for me. The plot holes, inconsistencies, bland love story, and textbook ending, was just uninspired and frankly unbelievable (even for a sci-fi movie)... and there's Jodie Foster, eesh. I left the movie feeling annoyed that a director would think so little of his
I was so pumped for this movie, as a huge fan of District 9, I wanted to see what Blomkamp could do with a bigger budget. While the effects were top notch, and the art direction, and action were great - the story completely fell apart for me. The plot holes, inconsistencies, bland love story, and textbook ending, was just uninspired and frankly unbelievable (even for a sci-fi movie)... and there's Jodie Foster, eesh. I left the movie feeling annoyed that a director would think so little of his audience.
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8:45PM on 08/11/2013
Textbook ending would have been him living and the kid being his daughter.
Textbook ending would have been him living and the kid being his daughter.
11:24PM on 08/11/2013
Probably in the 80's... now the hero sacrificing himself to save the world is much more commonplace. If you think about it, it's almost the exact same ending as District 9... except, you know, aliens.
Probably in the 80's... now the hero sacrificing himself to save the world is much more commonplace. If you think about it, it's almost the exact same ending as District 9... except, you know, aliens.
1:19AM on 08/12/2013
That's cool. Don't put a spoiler warning before spoiling the end of the fucking movie.
That's cool. Don't put a spoiler warning before spoiling the end of the fucking movie.
10:38AM on 08/12/2013
That's cool. Don't go to a movie review site about a movie you haven't seen and read comments from people that have.
That's cool. Don't go to a movie review site about a movie you haven't seen and read comments from people that have.
11:42PM on 08/12/2013
It's a movie news site, so it's not solely movie reviews. As for the comments, this is a column on the box office. Wasn't expecting an out of the blue spoiler. The least you guys could have done is put *SPOILER* beforehand.
It's a movie news site, so it's not solely movie reviews. As for the comments, this is a column on the box office. Wasn't expecting an out of the blue spoiler. The least you guys could have done is put *SPOILER* beforehand.
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3:24PM on 08/11/2013
While it lacked some of the sheer originality of "District 9," I found "Elysium" to be quite an enjoyable ride.
While it lacked some of the sheer originality of "District 9," I found "Elysium" to be quite an enjoyable ride.
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3:09PM on 08/11/2013
I have a really bad feeling Elysium will be a flop. Such a shame, I really liked it.
I have a really bad feeling Elysium will be a flop. Such a shame, I really liked it.
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2:58PM on 08/11/2013

Bad movies

I'm from Brazil, so i have to ask, why so many bad movies in the top 10? For fu####%k's sake!!!
I'm from Brazil, so i have to ask, why so many bad movies in the top 10? For fu####%k's sake!!!
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3:41PM on 08/11/2013
Brazil? Shouldn't you be rioting in the streets and throwing rocks at cops instead of commenting on a movie site?
Brazil? Shouldn't you be rioting in the streets and throwing rocks at cops instead of commenting on a movie site?
6:16PM on 08/11/2013
^^ Shouldn't you?
^^ Shouldn't you?
9:41PM on 08/11/2013
That is a good question. The answer is that the general public (that is still watching Grown Ups 2) has extremely questionable taste in the best of times!
That is a good question. The answer is that the general public (that is still watching Grown Ups 2) has extremely questionable taste in the best of times!
2:40PM on 08/11/2013
Good to see an original movie at the top.
Good to see an original movie at the top.
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