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article image'Fast and Furious 6' wins again while 'After Earth' falls flat

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 2, 2013 in Entertainment
With a third place finish at $27 million, "After Earth" fell flat. On the surface, a number like that may be considered pretty darn good, but for this film, it was not.
But, it was beat by a film that was in less theaters in "Now You See Me." It is films like that the the box office needs now and then. A movie that no one thinks is going to do well and it comes out with a solid opening. Again, it was in less theaters than "After Earth" and it beat that wide release. The winner, however, was "Fast and Furious 6" once again.
Weekend
1. "Fast and Furious 6" - $34.5 million
2. "Now You See Me" - $28 million
3. "After Earth" - $27 million
4. "Epic" - $16.4 million
5. "Star Trek Into Darkness" - $16.4 million
Seeking the silver lining for "After Earth" is on, but it may be forced. One cannot fake emotion and acting ability and this one could not use the special effects to cover up what was obvious - - stale performances.
As June arrives, a quick gut check is on order. It seems like many films, despite opening big, have stalled this year. Its win for the week may be a little deceiving to a certain extent. Take for example, "Oz the Great and Powerful." It was hot, right? Or was it? The film has grossed roughly $233 million domestically, but it cost $215 million to make. Even "Star Trek Into Darkness" cost $190 million and after three weeks sits on $181 million, so the overseas box office comes in real handy.
Now, "After Earth" cost $130 million so its paltry take is not good. It would be a real surprise if it rebounds from here on out. What Hollywood really needs are a few more "Identity Thief" movies. That was made for $35 million and has racked up $135 million at the domestic box office to date.
As for that overseas box office, "The Hangover III" is doing much better there than in the states as it rakes in $88 million over the weekend and $110 million overall.
But for now, the discussion remains on the Smith family affair with "After Earth," and how it did not work on this effort. Under the direction of M. Night Shyamalan, the film could have helped reignite his work as well. That, too, did not happen.
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