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Box Office: Elysium Triumphs, Planes Crashes

Box Office: Elysium Triumphs, Planes Crashes

Matt Damon's political actioner soars to number one.

Published August 12, 2013

Matt Damon's approval ratings are slightly better than President Obama's this week. The outspoken actor scored another No. 1 film with Elysium, which managed to top the box office this weekend but still fell short of expectations with $30.5 million in ticket sales. 

The politically-tinged sci-fi actioner, also starring Sharlto Copley and Alice Braga, beat out a sea of new entries, including family fare Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and comedy We're the Millers

We're the Millers, a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston about a group of people posing as a typical American family in order to complete a drug run to Mexico, came in second place with $38 million over five days (the film opened on Wednesday) — not a champagne-popping opening but not a bad one either.

Audiences, however, are clearly over G-rated family films, with both Planes and Percy Jackson performing well under expectations. Planes, Disney's spin-off of Pixar's massive Cars franchise, grossed a mere $22.5 million, while Percy Jackson did only slightly better with $23.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Denzel Washington's 2 Guns, which lost nearly half its audience but still raked in $11.1 million over the weekend, bringing its two-week total to $48.5 million. The relatively "modest" budget of the action films means, with a strong international showing, it could be profitable.

Next week, Kick-Ass 2 goes up against Liam Hemsworth's Paranoia and the ensemble-driven Lee Daniels' The Butler

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(Photo: Sony Pictures)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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