Elysium tops Aussie box office on its opening weekend

ElysiumThe Sony Pictures distributed Elysium has topped the Australian box office on its opening weekend, taking home $3,474,793 across 317 screens.

The film, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, is set in the year 2154 where two classes of people exist: the very wealthy on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium and the rest, who lived on an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the film follows Damon’s character as he attempts to save the millions of people on Earth.

Elysium overtook the Eone/Hopscotch distributed Now You See Me which topped box offices last weekend in its debut. Now You See Me took home on its second week $2,582,830 across 265 screens.

Jennifer Aniston’s newest comedy We’re the Millers, distributed by Warner Bros, made $2,303,057 in its opening weekend, across 342 screens.

The two debutants pushed box office stayers The Wolverine, The Conjuring and The Heat down the list, with The Wolverine the only one to remain in the top five.

Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon, brought home $7624 for its distributor, Sharmill, across 10 screens.

Despicable Me 2, distributed by Universal, was the only children’s film to make the top 10, taking home $234,473 over the weekend.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Elysium (Sony) $3,474,793 317 $3,674,977
Now You See Me (Eone /hopscotch) $2,582,830 265 $8,073,194
The Wolverine (Fox) $703,282 275 $14,673,051
Pain & Gain (Paramount) $580,286 210 $2,874,602
The Heat (Fox) $337,151 182 $14,610,474
Despicable Me 2 (Universal) $236,473 182 $35,131,231
The World's End (Universal) $183,500 165 $2,298,186
Chennai Express (Mindblowing Films) $148,103 21 $669,085
This Is The End (Sony) $147,438 120 $7,542,852
The Way Way Back (Studiocanal) $114,144 95 $1,222,793
Frances Ha (Paramount) $107,293 18 $126,124
Monsters University (Disney) $92,765 147 $23,990,638
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara (Mindblowing Films) $68,304 16 $68,304
Before Midnight (Eone /hopscotch) $55,794 44 $1,082,787
Epic (Fox) $40,716 54 $8,267,213
National Theatre Live: The Audience (Sharmill) $23,956 13 $890,521
Dino Time (Studiocanal) $22,846 78 $114,819
The Lone Ranger (Disney) $15,539 40 $10,453,403
Cloudburst (Momo Films) $13,993 10 $132,097
Beyond The Hills (Madman) $10,895 3 $45,685

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