‘Planes’ Lands at No. 3 as Auds Visit ‘Elysium’


Although the overall box office numbers are still not impressive, North American audiences chose to seek out Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to the acclaimed District 9. The sci-fi thriller landed at the top spot at the box office with a $30.5 million weekend.

While Disney was having a fantastic p.r. weekend, showing off its impressive slate of animated and live-action movies at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, the studio’s latest animated feature Planes made a respectable $21.01 million at the domestic box office. Although critics didn’t embrace the pic (it rated a low 24% on rottentomatoes.com), family auds, who associated the film with Pixar’s Cars franchise, seemed to seek out the spinoff, which was actually produced by DisneyToon Studios.

Among the other vfx/animated titles out this past weekend, Fox’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was No. 2 with a $22.8 million domestic take, Sony’s The Smurf 2 landed at No. 6 with an additional $9.3 million (cume is now $46.4 million), while Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 continues its winning summer streak with an additional $5.2 million and a smashing $337.8 million Stateside cume and a global total of $745.814 million.

Here is a look at the top 10:

1. Elysium – Weekend $30.5 million

2. We’re The Millers – Weekend $25.7 million Cume $37.2 million

3. Planes – Weekend $21 million

4. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – Weekend $14.0 million, Cume $22.8 million

5. 2 Guns – Weekend $11.3 million, Cume $48.7 million

6. The Smurfs 2 – Weekend $9.3 million, Cume $46.4 million

7. The Wolverine – Weekend $8.0 million, Cume $112.0 million

8. The Conjuring – Weekend $6.3 million, Cume $120.3 million

9. Despicable Me 2 – Weekend $5.2 million, Cume $337.8 million

10. Grown Ups 2 – Weekend $3.5 million, Cume $123.6 million

Planes / Elysium

Planes / Elysium

  • Kansas

    As a wise man would say, animation is for everyone, not just for children.
    I believe that audiences should pay less attention to solemn and very violent flicks like Elysium and Man of Steel and pay more attention to more fun, comical, family friendly, and more morally agreeable options, such as Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. There is no fun in watching a film that contains sex, violence, and solemnity! Its not worth watching in a cinema at all!
    If anyone wants to enjoy a sci-fi thriller that is fun, they should GO HOME and watch The Avengers instead!