'Elysium' tops box office

LOS ANGELES, USA - Science-fiction thriller "Elysium" took top spot in the North American box office just this weekend, beating out competition from raunchy Jennifer Aniston comedy "We're The Millers," estimates showed Sunday.

Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, "Elysium" is set in a dystopian future when the poor have been left to inhabit a ruined Earth while the rich live in a luxurious space station.

The movie, written and directed by South African filmmaker Neil Blomkamp ("District 9"), earned $30.5 million in its opening 3 days, according to estimated figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second place was Aniston's R-rated comedy, "We're The Millers," which stars the former "Friends" actress and Jason Sudeikis in a romp about a bogus family attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico.

The film took $26.6 million over the 3-day weekend, placing it just ahead of Disney's latest animated offering, "Planes."

An effective spin-off of the hugely successful "Cars" franchise, "Planes" took $22.5 million to place third.

Fourth place was occupied by another debutant, "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," the latest adaptation of Rick Riordan's book series about a schoolboy who is in fact the son of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The film took $14.6 million.

Last week's number one, the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action comedy, "2 Guns," earned $11.1 million this weekend.

Sony's animated sequel, "The Smurfs 2," was in sixth spot with $9.5 million, just ahead of Hugh Jackman's comic-book based blockbuster, "The Wolverine."

The latest big-screen adaptation to feature the clawed "X-Men" character added another $8 million in its third week of release.

In eighth place was the horror film, "The Conjuring," the low-budget shocker which took $6.7 million.

The movie has so far earned $120.7 million in 4 weeks, a phenomenal return for a film which cost a relatively modest $20 million to make.

Animated children's comedy "Despicable Me 2" was ninth with $7.4 million, as another sequel "Grown Ups 2" took 10th.

Rounding out the top 12 were Woody Allen's acclaimed drama, "Blue Jasmine," with $2.5 million, and animated children's flick, "Turbo," with $2.3 million.

Watch the 'Elysium' trailer here:

- Rappler.com

Catch 'Elysium' in local cinemas starting August 21.