'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
Jaden Smith in a scene from "After Earth."   (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures, Claudette Barius)

(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.

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kensharkey
Jun 3, 2013 7:18 PM CDT
Saw the movie, didn't suck. Didn't realize it was directed by Shyamalan until the end credits which was surprising since there were no magical twists or hidden monsters. It's a straight forward scifi written by Smith about a father and son that accidentally crash-land on Earth more than 1000 years after humans had left it wasted and contaminated. My son and his friend both wanted to see "Now You See Me" but I figured this was a better "family" movie. They both loved it. It has had a fraction of the marketing in my area that the #1 & #2 movies had. But the house was about 75% full on a nice Sunday afternoon showing. So don't knock the actors or director if you are only relying on Hollywood's dollar take to rate a movie. Frankly, that makes you as stupid as Hollywood & this article.
Redtail
Jun 3, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
Welcome to erf.
YetAnotherCollegeKid
Jun 3, 2013 4:29 AM CDT
When will Hollywood get it through their collective skulls: Shyamalan is awful. He had one hit, and has somehow (seriously though, how?) managed to ride that through 14 years of progressively more terrible movies. And how Smith- who has a checkered but largely successful history choosing projects- somehow got sold on doing a movie with him now is unfathomable. Seriously, Hollywood, throwing good money after bad is a fool's move under the best circumstances. To do it when you haven't even got any money pre-invested is insane.