Home Movies Box Office Blues: Aniston Comedy Weak, “Elysium” Has Soft Overnight Run

Things look uncertain to not so good for the box office this weekend. The Jennifer Aniston comedy “We are the Millers,” which scored very poor reviews, has had two wobby days in release. On Wednesday it made $6.8 million. Last night the numbers declined to $4.7 million– and Thursday should have been the bigger day. Warner Bros. is hoping for $35 million weekend from Wednesday through Sunday. So far they’ve got $11 million. We’ll see.

More importantly: “Elysium” — a movie in which the wealthy people of the future live in a steering wheel hovering about Earth– took in just $1.6 million at 10pm shows on Thursday night. That’s a little better than “2 Guns” did last week, but the Denzel Washington – Mark Wahlberg flick takes place on Earth and cost vastly less. Sony execs are bracing themselves. So is Matt Damon, who had to shave his head and work out like a mad man. As far as the steering wheel thingy goes, I think it’s a metaphor for the way people in California live now, in their cars.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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