Elysium Grabs No. 1, as Millers Opens Strong

Aniston/Sudeikis vehicle unexpectedly takes No. 2

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2013 12:22 PM CDT

(Newser) Despite some critics' reservations, Elysium soared to the top of this weekend's box office, opening with $30.5 million. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, the weekend's surprise was Jennifer Aniston/Jason Sudeikis comedy We're the Millers, which unexpectedly grabbed the No. 2 slot with $26.6 million; 3D animated flick Planes, which had been expected to take second, instead settled for third with $22.5 million. Grabbing the No. 4 was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, with $14.6 million.

Columbia Pictures-Sony shows Sharlto Copley, center, in a scene from "Elysium."   (AP Photo/TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kimberley French)
Columbia Pictures-Sony shows Jodie Foster in a scene from "Elysium."   (AP Photo/TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kimberley French)
Alice Braga, left, Emma Tremblay and Josh Blacker, right, in a scene from "Elysium."   (AP Photo/Tristar, Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kimberley French)
Matt Damon in a scene from "Elysium."   (AP Photo/TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kimberley French)
Matt Damon in a scene from "Elysium."   (AP Photo/TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kimberley French)
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