Science-fiction thriller, Elysium, took top spot in the North American box-office this weekend, beating out competition from raunchy Jennifer Aniston comedy, We're The Millers, estimates showed Sunday.
Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Elysium, is set in a dystopian future where the poor have been left to inhabit a ruined Earth while the rich live on a luxurious space station. The movie, written and directed by South African filmmaker Neil Blomkamp (District 9), earned $30.5 million in its opening three days, estimated figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.
In second place was Aniston's R-rated comedy, We're The Millers, which stars the former, Friends, actress and Jason Sudeikis in a romp about a bogus family attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico.
The film took $26.6 million over the three-day weekend, placing it just ahead of Disney's latest animated offering Planes. An effective spin-off of the hugely successful, Cars franchise, Planes took $22.5 million to place third. Fourth place was occupied by another debutant, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the latest adaptation based on the book series by Rick Riordan about a schoolboy who is in fact the son of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The film took $14.6 million.
Last week's number one, the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action comedy, 2 Guns, earned $11.1 million this weekend.
Sony's animated sequel, The Smurfs 2, was in sixth spot with $9.5 million, just ahead of Hugh Jackman's comic-book based blockbuster, The Wolverine. The latest big-screen adaptation to feature the claw-fingered X-Men character added another $8 million in its third week on release.
In eighth place was horror film, The Conjuring, the low-budget shocker which took $6.7 million. So far the movie has earned $120.7 million in four weeks, a phenomenal return for a film which cost a relatively modest $20 million to make.
Animated children's comedy, Despicable Me 2, was ninth with $7.4 million, as another sequel, Grown Ups 2, took 10th.
Rounding out the top 12 were Woody Allen's acclaimed drama, Blue Jasmine, with $2.5 million and animated children's flick, Turbo, with $2.3 million.