August 11, 2013 4:03 PM
As expected, Matt Damon and Elysium topped the weekend box office, raking in some $30.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The sci-fi thriller beat out the Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis' comedy We're the Millers and Disney's latest animated flick Planes, which took in $26.6 million and $22.5 million, respectively. In 2009, writer-director Neill Blomkamp had an incredible debut with District 9. The film grossed over $200 million worldwide, was a critical darling and nabbed a best picture nomination at the Oscars. For his follow-up, Elysium, he's got a bigger idea, a bigger budget and even some big name stars. Critically, Elysium has been receiving positive reviews overall, but there's definitely more of mixed reception vibe-feeling than with D9.