NEW YORK -- The dystopian science fiction thriller Elysium topped the weekend box office with $30.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, enough to beat three newcomers, including the Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers.
Sony's Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, opened in line with expectations, but still debuted somewhat modestly for a $115-million action film. It couldn't match Blomkamp's previous film, the $30-million District 9, which opened with $37.4 million in August 2009.
But Elysium was able to come out on top in a crowded weekend, with three other new wide releases: the R-rated Warner Bros. comedy We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis and Aniston ($26.6 million over the weekend, a strong $38 million since opening Tuesday night); Disney's Cars spinoff Planes ($22.5 million) and Fox's fantasy sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ($14.6 million over the weekend, $23.5 million since Wednesday).
-- The Associated Press