Monday, May 20, 2024

Sony Takes Another Hit: “Elysium” Falls to Number 2 on Monday Behind So-So Comedy


Sony took another hit or two today with some bad news about “Elysium”: on Monday night the Matt Damon sci fi flick finished second to Warner Bros.’ much disliked comedy “We’re the Millers.” And that’s not all: after the weekend’s numbers were counted, it turned out “Elysium” did less well than originally thought.

“Elysium” didn’t quite crack the $30 million mark as thought, coming in around $200K short. Neill Blomkamp’s $150 million featureĀ  is shaping up as a box office failure despite excellent marketing and good reviews. That makes it Strike 3 for Sony’s summer of discontent along with “White House Down” and “After Earth.”

Monday is a cruel day because it’s adult night at the movie after a weekend in which kids rule the roost. On Mondays you can tell how movies for adults will do–and in this case, “Elysium” is suffering. On Monday, adults took a chance on a sitcomish comedy with Jennifer Aniston over people in the future living on a floating steering wheel.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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