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In what may go down as the biggest box-office upset of the year, the man who has arguably been Hollywood's No. 1 star couldn't even manage a second-place finish.
"After Earth," the $135-million sci-fi flick costarring Will Smith and his son Jaden, had an apocalyptic debut of $27 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. (That figure includes grosses from Thursday evening, when the picture hit theaters at 9 p.m.)
That result left the film behind "Fast & Furious 6," which was No. 1 again with $34.5 million in ticket sales during its second weekend in theaters. The picture has now grossed a huge $170.4 million domestically.
But the Smiths also lost out to "Now You See Me," a crime caper set in the world of magic with an ensemble cast including Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and Morgan Freeman. Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys indicated the picture would collect just $17 million in its opening weekend. Instead, the movie launched with a far more respectable $28.1 million. (It too opened on Thursday night, but at 7 p.m.)
"After Earth," however, underperformed. Sony expected its film would open with between $35 million and $40 million, even though industry tracking suggested a lighter debut of around $33 million. Unfortunately for the studio, both predictions ended up being too high.
Source: LA Times