Elysium Tops Box-Office, WWZ Cracks $500M

Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” is set to earn $30.4 milion in its opening weekend, a bit behind the director’s 2009 effort “District 9” which powered its way to an impressive $37.4 million opening four years ago.

“Elysium” was one of four new wide releases to hit late last week as the Summer is winding down. Comedy “We’re the Millers” opened on Wednesday and earned $38 million over its first five days – not bad considering its relatively small $37 million budget.

Disney’s “Planes,” a “Cars” spin-off that was originally going to go direct-to-disc, did OK business with $22.5 million. The fantasy sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” opened to just $14.6 million, but international markets is where that film is expected to be a strong earner.

Meanwhile, “World War Z” has now officially passed $500 million in worldwide box-office, $197.4 million of which is domestic. That’s Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film to date in both domestic and global markets, surpassing previous record holder “Troy” which took $497.3 million globally.

On the limited release front, Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” remains an astonishing earner. Across 116 screens it is still pulling in a whopping $21,750 screen average. In comparison, the release of “Lovelace” this week on just as many screens managed a mere $1,559 screen average.