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Futuristic thriller 'Elysium' tops crowded weekend of new films

Matt Damon, left, and Sharlto Copley are seen in a scene from "Elysium," the most popular film of the weekend. (TriStar/Columbia/Sony Pictures)
Matt Damon, left, and Sharlto Copley are seen in a scene from "Elysium," the most popular film of the weekend. (TriStar/Columbia/Sony Pictures)
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The dystopian science fiction thriller “Elysium” topped the weekend box office with $30.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, enough to beat three newcomers, including the Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers.” Sony’s “Elysium,” directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, opened in line with expectations, but still debuted somewhat modestly for a $115 million action film. It couldn’t match Blomkamp’s previous film, the $30 million “District 9,” which opened with $37.4 million in ...

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