Weak-End Box Office

YOUR WEAK-END BOX OFFICE: This weekend was good for the movies, as the total ticket take added up to $143.6m, an 8% spike over the same time last year. Tri-Star’s Matt Damon-vs.-the-1% sci-fi flick Elysium came out on top with $30.4m, while Warner’s fake-family-smuggles-weed road comedy We’re the Millers came in second place with $26.5m. So why does Hollywood see Millers as the real winner? Because the weekend’s haul covered most of the film’s $37m budget, whereas Elysium has a ways to go before making back its $115m. Anyhoo, Disney’s Planes took the bronze medal; the inexpensive (i.e. non-Pixar) animated outing will be flying on pure profit shortly. Fox’s $90m Percy Jackson sequel, by contrast, failed to bring the magic. In its second week, the Denzel-Wahlberg actioner 2 Guns dropped nearly 60% but remained the top-performing film not in its first frame.

  1. Elysium $30,400,000
  2. We’re the Millers $26,555,000
  3. Planes $22,525,000
  4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $14,600,000
  5. 2 Guns $11,128,000 (-58.9%; $48,517,000 RTD)

In a related story, the sci-fi parable Emphysemium, the tragic tale of a security guard in the distant future who can longer smoke pot, was acted out very dramatically in the UMPG lobby. (8/12a)

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It's a mad, mad, mad, mad music biz. (6/13a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/12a)
SONG REVENUE: LEGERDEMAIN
Slim Shady lives! (6/13a)
TOWNSHEND, PLATT AMONG TONYS PRESENTERS
Sunday! (6/12a)
FRONT ROW CENTER:
ROB LIGHT
The GOAT (6/10a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
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