Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 11, 2013

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August 11 Box Office Elysium Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 11, 2013

It was a very crowded weekend at the theaters with four varied films vying for a piece of the box office pie and the top spot.

Elysium (read our review) is the number 1 film this weekend with $30.4 million. Early estimates projected the film, which was made for $115 million, might pull in a few extra million, but an overcrowded weekend likely worked against Elysium.

And while a $30 million opening is nothing to scoff at, it’s slightly below two other notable 2013 sci-fi releases, Pacific Rim and Oblivion. It’s even lower than the opening weekend of Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9 ($37 million).

The R rated comedy We’re the Millers (read our review) comes in at number 2 with $26.5 million. The film actually opened on Wednesday of this week and is already up to $38 million. While we wait to see if the film has any legs, We’re the Millers opening weekend tally is actually better than two other very popular comedies: Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express.

Obviously, the star power of Jennifer Aniston had a lot to do with this strong opening, but we’d suspect that Jason Sudeikis has his fair share of followers as well. At this point, it looks like dropping out of SNL was a wise decision.

Were the Millers 2 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 11, 2013

Disney’s Planes (read our review) is the number 3 film with $22.5 million. Carefully constructed to appeal to the Pixar crowd, Disney’s film failed to hit the same type of numbers we expect from its sister studio. At the same time, Disney’s decision to take Planes from straight-to-DVD to the theater will likely pay off, as the film only cost $50 million to make.

The number 4 film this weekend is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (read our review) with $14.6 million. Like We’re the Millers, Percy Jackson 2 opened this past Wednesday, and has accrued a five-day total of $23 million.

While the first Percy Jackson debuted in early February 2010 to a surprisingly strong $30 million opening, Sea of Monsters failed to hit – let alone pass – that same mark. Unfortunately, this less-than-stellar opening squashes almost any possibility that Percy Jackson franchise will continue after Sea of Monsters.

Rounding out the top 5 is 2 Guns with $11 million. The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg buddy cop action-comedy simply couldn’t contend with four new releases, and fell 58.9% in its second weekend. The film has grossed $48 million total.

Coming in at number 6 is The Smurfs 2 with $9.5 million. Sony certainly hoped for more out of this animated sequel, which has only grossed $46 million after two weeks.

Hugh Jackman fights on a train as Logan in The Wolverine Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 11, 2013

The Wolverine comes in at number 7 with $8 million, which brings its domestic total up to $111 million and worldwide total to $306 million. If The Wolverine stays on track it should finish somewhere in the middle of the X-Men pack – on par with the likes of the first X-Men and First Class (~$150 million), but well below X2 and The Last Stand ($200 million+).

In at number 8 is The Conjuring with $6.7 million. In a year where horror movies have performed very well, this original tale has outdone them all and is now at $120 million.

Despicable Me 2 is the number 9 film this weekend with $5.7 million. Universal’s mega-hit animated sequel is now at $338 million domestic and $745 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top 10 is Grown Ups 2 with $3.7 million. The Adam Sandler comedy has raked in $123 million over 5 weeks.

Outside the top 10: Pacific Rim finally opened in Japan, but only managed a 5th place, $3 million opening. Although the film has done well overseas, it failed to capture the Japanese market, which is strange considering Pacific Rim draws heavily from Japanese monster movies and anime. The film is now up to $344 million worldwide, though.

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[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, August 12th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I cant wait to see Elysium. Ive enjoyed every Matt Damon moie ive ever seen. And Sharlto Copely is one of those actors who just kind of shows up out of nowhere and blows you away, like Christoph Waltz, you cant help but root for them to be successful.

    • It is Amazing with a capital “A”. Sharlto Copely will blow your mind as to how he plays the character he does.

      Oh lord. I will go see it again.

      • Really? He is a great actor but with the high pitched voice and a sometimes hard to understand accent i just sat there trying to read his lips

  2. Was kind of hoping for those PJ2 numbers so they could stop Murdering that great book series.

    • Amen

      • I hope this means reboot that actually follows the book/ uses actors who are the right age.

        • When I read the books I picture Josh Hutcherson and Anna Sophia Robb from Bridge To Terabithia.

    • Jut don’t watch them.

  3. Matt Damon looks like a sith lord in that picture

    • Good candidate for Darth Malgus right there.

  4. Woo hoo! Perfect score!

  5. The power of the kids failed. Weird… people I know who rarely go to movies were seeing Planes because of their children.

    But at least it got 3rd, SR didn’t even think it would get top 5.

    Surprising that Pacific Rim opened better in China than Japan.

    My kids will be sad if there are no more Percy movies after SoM.

  6. -Japans monster hero is godzilla, iam sure seeing a red chinese jaeger did not
    exicte them.
    - pacific rim has rebounded well, if it can get to 380 million it will have doubled its budget, too much money was absorbed by all these hit science fiction and
    Actions earlier this summer. Movie was great and i hope we get a sequel.
    -i had elysium at 40 million and it not being pg13 stalled them from getting bigger audience.
    - xmen francise continues to sink domestically and cant seem to get a movie to
    Half a billion. Fox had one embarrassment in electra and are setting themselves
    For a bigger crash in future.

  7. If Eminem starred in the film, I think it would have made 60 mil.

    • it could’ve made more than that if Eminem was in that movie. Em’s following is colossal!

  8. Overall, those number add up to a very healthy weekend. A lot to go see.

    I am the only peron in America who did not like “District 13″, so I am not that excited for “Elysium”. I, however, realize that most likely means I am wrong. I love Sci-Fi, so I hope this is a hit with staying power.

    I have heard from everyone who has seen it “We are the Millers” is stupid fun. Like- pee yourself laughing fun.

    • Excuse me …. “District 9″.

      Oops. What was my keyboard thinking….

  9. I’m glad to see “The Wolverine” raking in decent cash worldwide. I thought it was one of the best in that franchise other than X2.

  10. ” If eminem was in the movie it would gone higher” that is best joke over weekend. The fact that he has not headlined a movie in 11 years demostrates that does not have confidence that will smith ( who was a singer) and do another movie.

  11. I loved ‘Pacific Rim’,the best movie of this summer,IMO,it’s a shame that it did not hit well in the birthplace of this type movie (Japan),but in the long run,after PR is finished in theaters and is released on 3D blu-ray,and all is said and done, I believe ‘Pacific Rim’ will be considered one of those cult ‘geek’ classics that will stand the test of time,but I still hold out hope for PR sequel someday.

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