11 August 2013 12:25 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On a very busy weekend for new releases, Elysium took first place with $29.8 million. The real winner, though, was road trip comedy We're the Millers, which did surprisingly strong business. Meanwhile, Planes got off to a fine start, while Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened way below its predecessor.Overall, the Top 12 earned $142.3 million, which is up seven percent from last year. The four new nationwide releases alone combined for $92.9 million, which is a very high figure for the month of August.Elysium's $29.8 million opening was noticeably lower than a handful of strong comparative titles. It was off from 2013 original sci-fi movies Pacific Rim and Oblivion (both over $37 million), and was only narrowly ahead of huge disappointment After Earth ($27.5 million). It was also down from director Neill Blomkamp's first movie, District 9 ($37.4 million). That movie had no stars, and Blomkamp was still an unknown entity, though District 9 »

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