The sixth installment in the car chase series topped the box office again this weekend adding another $34.5 million to its global total of $480 million.
After Earth also finished behind Now You See Me. The street magician movie starring Jesse Eisenberg took in a total of $28.1 million at the domestic box office this weekend, narrowly beating the new Smith movie which brought in a disappointing $27 million.
The Hollywood Reporter called it one of the “most surprising box office upsets in recent memory,” especially since Will Smith has long reigned as king of the summer blockbuster. Nearly every summer blockbuster the actor has made for the past two decades has opened at No.1.
Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said that he was a little disappointed in the film’s domestic performance but noted that the company was looking forward to After Earth’s global debut this weekend.
Bruer said: “Would we have liked to do more? Certainly. But the film has always been a world play. It’s going to to be opening in 60 countries It’s a movie everyone worked very hard on and everyone is proud of the film. But its always ben a world play, and will open in 60 countries next weekend.”
Star Trek Into Darkness and the animated film Epic tied for fifth place with $16.4 million. The Hangover 3, Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Mud and The Croods complete the top 10