‘Elysium’ Sci-Fi Uprising Overthrows ‘Planes’, ‘Sea Of Monsters’ and ‘The Millers’

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Credits: Sony Pictures

Credits: Sony Pictures

‘Elysium’ Sci-Fi Uprising Overthrows ‘Planes’, ‘Sea of Monsters’ and ‘The Millers’

Myth, animation and comedy follow in the theatrical wake made by “Elysium”, according to Box Office Mojo.

Science fiction reclaims a frontline place in the hearts and minds of movie-goers over the weekend of August 9 to 11, and sole vanguard for that reoccurrence comes with the domestic release of “Elysium” in theaters.

Last weekend’s first ranker had the spur of star power from Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlbertg. This past weekend came with the versatitlity that includes action star for Matt Damon, and the variant whelming screen presence in possession by Jodie Foster.

At $30.4 million, the opening box office accumulation marks higher than “Elysium” writer and director Neil Blomkamp had with his first sci-fi hit, the phenomenal commercial and movie-viewer touted “District 9”.

“The Wolverine” and “The Smurfs 2” had the top spots over August 2 to 4. Those two were pushed downward without a break in listed order from the advent of all four debuting films taking up the primary rankings.

Under “Elysium” came the comedic upriser “We’re the Millers”, claiming second with $26.5 million. The R-rated road trip farce unites the tried-and-trues in movie fun Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Emma Roberts.

Disney’s own animation take-off lateral from its “Cars” to the newest “Planes” took third and boasts a hefty ensemble of actors voicing over. Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, Val Kilmer, John Cleese, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer and Stacy Keach couldn’t pack enough airlift to get pass third place at $22.5 million.

Right before “2 Guns” at fifth ranking, $14.6 marks the take-in by “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”. The myth based franchise sinks to lower box office depths than 2010s introductory “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, which debuted at $31.2 million.

The next comic book blockbuster doesn’t arrive until November. 8 in “Thor: The Dark World”. But comics spotlight adaptations still are factors in the weeks between now and an Autumn premiere.

“Kick-Ass 2” contests “Elysium” for action this oncoming August 16 to 18, while “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Jobs” are the top contenders at the drama aspect.

(Box Office Mojo)

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