'After Earth' Crashes at No. 3

Big disappointment as 'Now You See Me' pulls off surprise No. 2 showing

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2013 12:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Moviegoers put their money anywhere but near the apparent train wreck that is After Earth, with the Will and Jaden Smith-M. Night Shyamalan vehicle taking in $27 million for a third-place finish that the Hollywood Reporter calls "one of the most surprising box office upsets in recent memory" and a "sizable blow" to the elder Smith. Fast & Furious 6 held its spot at No. 1 with $34.5 million, while Now You See Me eked out No. 2 with $28.2 million. After Earth fell significantly short of the $35 million to $40 million that had been expected, and it's the first time since 1993 that one of Smith's summer movies failed to open at No. 1. It now faces a steep climb to recoup its $130 million budget, notes the Reporter.

Jaden Smith in a scene from After Earth.
Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures, Claudette Barius)
Jaden Smith in a scene from After Earth.
Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures)
Jaden Smith, left, and Will Smith in a scene from After Earth.
Jaden Smith, left, and Will Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures)
Zoe Kravitz, right, in a scene from After Earth.
Zoe Kravitz, right, in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Frank Masi)
Jaden Smith in a scene from After Earth.
Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures)
Will Smith, left, and Jaden Smith in a scene from After Earth.
Will Smith, left, and Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures)
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