The pricey movie about a man desperate to get to a plush man-made space station hovering above Earth opened with a decent $30.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor
The weekend's runner-up was expected to be the 3-D animated family film
The biggest disappointment of the weekend was
Distributed and marketed by
"Elysium" is off to a slower start than
As for "We're the Millers," the film is on its way to becoming a hit. The movie was financed for just $37 million by
Disliked by critics, the movie is about a drug dealer (Sudeikis) who hires a stripper (
The picture attracted both genders in nearly equal measure but appealed to a slightly older crowd, as 61% of the audience was over the age of 25.
The film's strong start bodes well for Sudeikis, who is trying his hand at movie stardom after his 10-year stint on
"Planes," meanwhile, was made for just $50 million because it was originally meant to go straight to video. Though it was conceived as a spinoff of the
Though it was the worst-reviewed new movie out this weekend, "Planes" was still given an A- CinemaScore by moviegoers. As expected, families comprised 85% of the movie's business. The cartoon follows the story of a cropduster (voiced by
"Planes" is the latest in a glut of animated films to hit theaters this summer, where "Despicable Me 2" has proven to be the big winner with a $745.8 million global tally. While its opening weekend result is far from jaw-dropping, "Planes" still fared better than "Turbo" and
The domestic prospects for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" don't look promising. While the original racked up $88.8 million in the U.S. and Canada, it ultimately did 60% of its business abroad. (Early international results for the sequel were not yet available Sunday morning.) Stateside, moviegoers seemed to like the sequel as much as the original: Both received average grades of B+.
Financed by Fox and the Seelig Group for $90 million, "Percy" is based on a popular young adult novel by Rick Riordan. The movie stars 21-year-old