Warner's We're the Millers grossed $2.95 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. In the process, the R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis surpassed the $50 million mark on Thursday. We're the Millers was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down just 37 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in a close second for the week with $40.22 million and has grossed a strong $51.71 million through nine days. That places We're The Millers 4 percent ahead of the $49.57 million nine-day start of 2008's Tropic Thunder.
Sony's Elysium held steady in second place with $2.44 million. The Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster was down 10 percent from Wednesday's performance. Despite finishing behind We're the Millers throughout the midweek, Elysium was able to hold onto first place for the week with a seven-day start of $42.31 million. That was towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22.5 percent behind the $54.59 million seven-day take of 2009's District 9.
Disney's Planes took in $2.01 million to remain in third place. The DisneyToon Studios produced computer animated spin-off was down 6 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. Planes passed the $30 million mark yesterday and placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $31.95 million. That was towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 63 percent ahead of the $19.62 million one-week start of last year's ParaNorman.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters claimed fourth with $1.41 million. Fox's fantasy sequel fell 10 percent from Wednesday and a sizable 58.5 percent from last Thursday. Like Planes, Sea of Monsters also topped the $30 million mark yesterday. Sea of Monsters placed in fourth for the week with $21.67 million and has grossed a softer than expected $30.53 million in nine days. The film is currently running 18 percent behind the recent $37.14 million nine-day take of Sony's The Smurfs 2.