Blomkamp's Elysium Wins Box Office Race

| 12 Aug 2013 13:17

Not quite as healthy a financial margin as District 9, but still respectable.

Neill Blomkamp's fantastic science fiction epic Elysium triumphed over all comers in its opening weekend, taking in US domestic box of $30.5 million. It wasn't quite as fantastic a return as Blomkamp's District 9 enjoyed - which took $37.4 million at launch - but still a very respectable result. "We love being in the Neill Blomkamp business," says Sony Worldwide's Rory Bruer. "He's a great storyteller, and this film will be a big success for the studio."

Overseas numbers have also been very encouraging. It opened in its first 17 territories this weekend, taking in $10.9 million. Yes, my $10 ticket is somewhere in that figure. Russia and Taiwan were the two biggest markets for Blomkamp's latest, making up $8.5 million of that figure between them. It was a busy opening weekend for Elysium, but it still managed to triumph over comedy flick We're The Millers, which took the number 2 spot overall. IMAX is undoubtedly the place to see it, if you can, and in the US IMAX sales took in about 16% of the total gross.

Blomkamp's just hoping everyone checks out his film and, so far at least, he seems to be getting his wish. At least he's having better luck than Del Toro!

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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