Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico
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August 12th, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

Despite a slew of new releases, "Elysium" managed to nab top honors at the box office during the weekend of August 9. The film earned $30,500,000. In the future, humanity lives in two polarized camps: the poor, and the wealthy. The wealthy dwell in a space station, far away from the chaos and suffering of those left behind on Earth. Max is desperate enough to dare to infiltrate the forbidden Elysium. The R rating is due to language and strong, bloody violence.

"We're the Millers" came in a close second in box office rankings, bringing in $26,555,000. David is a smalltime drug dealer with an unexpected chance to make it big. To pull off the biggest drug deal of his life, though, David needs the safety of a fake family. A stripper, a runaway, and a dorky neighbor come to his rescue. The irreverent comedy has an R rating for brief graphic nudity, language, crude content, and drug material.

"Planes" earned $22,525,000 during its debut weekend. Dusty was born to fly high, but the crop-duster plane has a fear of heights that holds him back. Still, he dreams of becoming a great racer. With the help of friends and his mentor, Dusty hopes to push past his fears and truly soar. The animated movie has a PG rating for mild action and rude humor.

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" saw weekend profits of $14,600,000. After learning that Camp Half-Blood is in trouble, Percy gathers his closest friends to save the day. But unfortunately for Percy and his companions, saving the day means heading to an incredibly dangerous spot: the Sea of Monsters, known by mortals as the Bermuda Triangle. The film has a PG rating for fantasy action violence, mild language, and scary images.

Continuing Films

"2 Guns" dropped from first place, earning $11,128,000. Two men working together on taking down a drug dealer learn that their missions are far complicated than they first realized. Soon, they understand that they will have to trust each other if they want to succeed at their quest. Overall, the film has seen profits totaling more than $48 million. "2 Guns" has an R rating for violence, language, and brief nudity.

"The Smurfs 2" added $9,500,000 to its overall profits of more than $46 million. Gargamel is hiding in France, constantly plotting new ways to get the Smurfs in trouble. He manages to create his own minions, dubbed the Naughties. With the mischievous Naughties on his side, Gargamel hopes to defeat the Smurfs for good. Rude humor and action contribute to a PG rating.

"The Wolverine" has brought in more than $111 million in total. During the weekend of August 9, the movie earned $8 million. At the behest of a powerful figure from his past, Wolverine journeys to Japan. It turns out that certain people want him there for a variety of ominous reasons. Wolverine must draw on his inner strength and face his demons. "The Wolverine" has a PG-13 rating for mature content, language, and intense sequences of action and violence.

Movies to DVD

"The Big Wedding" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, August 13. Although Don and Ellie have divorced and moved on with their lives, they end up back together when their adopted son announces his engagement. For the sake of their child, Don and Ellie reluctantly fake being a happy, long-term couple. "The Big Wedding" has an R rating for language, mature content, and nudity.

"Olympus Has Fallen" stars Gerard Butler as a former Secret Service agent with a dark past weighing on his shoulders. An attack on the President's life gives the former agent a chance to finally redeem himself, but he will need all his courage. The film's R rating is due to strong violence and language.

In "The Company You Keep," Jim Grant is a quiet man who believes he has successfully escaped from his controversial past. An ambitious young reporter blows the dust off an old case, sending Jim into a tailspin of paranoia and worry about the future. The movie has an R rating for language.

"What Maisie Knew" is an updated version of Henry James' novel. After her parents divorce, young Maisie ends up at the center of a complicated world of changing relationships and shifting alliances. Maisie learns important lessons about the nature of love and fidelity. The R rating is due to some language.

In "The Hot Flashes," a group of bored, restless middle-aged women decide to prove that basketball is not merely a sport for the young. As they band together to beat a group of cocky younger women for a charity cause, the Hot Flashes capture unexpected national attention. "The Hot Flashes" has an R rating for drug use and mature content.