Box Office Numbers: Summer Really is Over


The big openings every week seem to be puttering out, marking the end of the summer season. The crowded weekend didn’t help much either, with four high-profile new releases taking the top slots at the box office and splitting the pot for somewhat disappointing returns.

The top three movies over the weekend were Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the comedy We’re the Millers (technically the winner of the weekend because of it’s mid-week release), and the cynical cash grab Planes. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters placed a distant fourth.

Some surprises for Pacific Rim abroad. Guillermo del Toro’s film continues doing gangbusters business in China, where it has now earned a total of $76.5 million in just a week and a half. However, the movie severely underwhelmed in its Japanese opening weekend where it only made $3 million. In other international box office news, World War Z has officially made north of $500 million worldwide.

Check out the full domestic numbers after the cut.

[via Rentrak, Box Office Mojo]

1. Elysium – $30,500,000

2. We’re The Millers – $26,555,000 (total five-day opening gross: $38,043,783)

3. Planes – $22,525,000

4. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – $14,600,000

5. 2 Guns – $11,127,900

6. The Smurfs 2 – $9,500,000

7. The Wolverine – $8,000,000

8. The Conjuring – $6,700,000

9. Despicable Me 2 – $5,748,000

10. Grown Ups 2 – $3,700,000

Hubert Vigilla
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