In a weekend with four new major releases but no definitive frontrunners, the Matt Damon sci-fi action flick 'Elysium' snagged the top spot over some seemingly powerful competition. Director Neill Blomkamp's film continues this summer's trend of R-rated fare opening big ('The Purge,' 'The Conjuring,' '2 Guns') and proves that there's plenty of box office success to be had in the typically slow final weeks of the season.
Disney's upcoming 'Planes' was already on turbulent ground with many film fans before it cast Dane Cook as the lead character, so expect the eye rolling and the weary sighs that tend to happen whenever this project is mentioned to be extra pronounced today. 'Planes' just went from being a cash-in spin-off of Pixar's worst film to being a cash-in spin-off of Pixar's worst film starring a not particularly well-liked comedian.
For a children's film about anthropomorphic airplanes, Pixar's 'Planes' sure has courted a lot of controversy from film fans. A spin-off of the widely derided but highly successful 'Cars' films, it was set to be Pixar's first direct-to-DVD movie and to many fans of the animation studio, it looked like a huge stumbling block for a company that has always valued artistry over crass moneymaking. Well, now it looks like we'll be able to judge the film in a venue with a larger screen than our television: 'Planes' is getting a theatrical release.