Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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August 26th, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" earned $9,300,000 during its first weekend in theaters. Coupled with profits from its Wednesday debut, the fantasy flick has earned over $14 million overall. Clary Fray starts to suspect that her mother may be lying to her about some very important aspects of the past. When she meets a brooding, mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about her, Clary ends up taking part in a dangerous quest that challenges her worldview. Some suggestive content and intense sequences of violence and action contribute to a PG-13 rating.

"The World's End" brought in $8,942,307 during its first weekend. Years after a failed attempt to complete a pub crawl, a group of friends decide to stage a do-over. This time, though, their plans seem doomed to fail for a much different reason. As it turns out, the planet is in grave danger, putting a damper on the pub crawl. Edgar Wright's comedy has an R rating for language that includes mature references.

"You're Next" saw profits of $7,050,000. The Davisons gather at their vacation home, but uninvited guests turn a reunion into a bloodbath. As they try to outsmart the assailants, the family members realize exactly how defenseless they really are. With ominous messages appearing at the scene of each murder, the Davisons wonder who will be next. Strong bloody violence, language, nudity, and mature content contribute to an R rating.

Continuing Films

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" stayed in top place in overall box office rankings, thanks to weekend earnings of $17,018,000. The historical film has brought in more than $52 million. Whenever significant changes rock the nation, most people watch the news unfold from their own living rooms. Cecil Gaines, however, has a unique perspective on the changing United States. While serving as a White House butler, Cecil ends up witnessing both tragedies and triumphs from a closer vantage point. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, disturbing images, language, smoking, thematic elements, and mature content.

"We're the Millers" has brought in over $91 million, including profits of $13,500,000 during the weekend of August 23. A stripper, a drug dealer, a teenage runaway, and a geeky young man do not seem to have very much in common. But when the drug-dealer needs a ruse to help him across the border, the four become a makeshift family. Things get more complicated as unexpected problems and obstacles arise. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for crude and mature content, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, and drug content.

"Planes" saw weekend profits of $8,567,000. A little crop-duster decides to aim high. The only problem is, Dusty is terrified of heights. Fortunately for Dusty, he can draw on the support of his mentor and friends. With a little luck and a lot of perseverance, the small plane might just manage to become a big racer. The family-friendly movie has earned more than $59 million. "Planes" has a PG rating for mild action and rude humor.

"Elysium" earned $7,100,000 during the weekend. Overall, the film has brought in over $69 million. In a future where humanity has branched off into two camps, one man risks everything to fight for his life. Max knows that the only way he can survive is to infiltrate a luxurious space station. He will have to use his wits and courage to fight his way inside. "Elysium" has an R rating for language and bloody violence.

Movies to DVD

"The Great Gatsby" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, August 27. When na•ve young Nick moves to a wealthy community, he is immediately curious about his neighbor. Jay Gatsby is a man cloaked in power and mystery. After Nick and Gatsby become friends, however, Nick quickly realizes that Gatsby is hiding some dangerous secrets. These secrets may eventually destroy both men. "The Great Gatsby" has a PG-13 rating for violent images, mature content, smoking, brief language, and partying.

"Pain & Gain" stars Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo, a gym trainer who comes up with a plan to escape his humdrum job. He targets a wealthy gym patron and recruits his muscular colleagues to help him extort the man for profit. Thinking ahead is not Daniel's strong point, and before long trouble ensues. Drug use, language, nudity, crude content, and bloody violence contribute to an R rating.

"At Any Price" is the story of a family business facing major trouble. Henry wants nothing more than for his son, Dean, to take over his agricultural empire, but his son is more interested in becoming a big-time race car driver. Henry dismisses Dean's dreams. Soon, external problems distract the two from their argument. The film's R rating is due to mature content, including a graphic image, and for language.