Warner's We're the Millers took in $4.71 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. The R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis fell 31 percent from Wednesday. In comparison, 2008's Tropic Thunder fell 30 percent on its first Thursday to take in $4.53 million, while this year's This Is The End fell 43 percent on its first Thursday to gross $4.49 million. With a very solid two-day start of $11.49 million, We're the Millers is running 4 percent ahead of the $11.03 million two-day start of Tropic Thunder and 7 percent behind the $12.31 million two-day take of This Is The End. Since We're the Millers won't have to deal with a debut the size of Man of Steel this weekend, it could top the $33.03 million five-day start of This Is The End based on its performance so far.
Not holding up quite as well was Fox's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The fantasy sequel fell 38 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance to take in $3.40 million on Thursday. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has grossed $8.86 million in two days. That isn't a great sign heading into the weekend, as the film is likely to be more front-loaded towards Wednesday and Thursday than We're the Millers will be, given its nature as a sequel. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is running 7 percent behind last week's $9.56 million two-day start of The Smurfs 2.
Turning towards Friday, Sony's Elysium took in a modest estimated $1.6 million from late night shows that began at 10 p.m. on Thursday night. As is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night performance of the Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster was a bit stronger than last week's $1.28 million late night start of 2 Guns, but was far softer than the $3.56 million midnight start of last year's Prometheus. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the box office progress of Elysium and the weekend's three other new wide releases.
Fellow Sony release The Smurfs 2 placed in third on Thursday with $2.18 million. That represented a 6 percent decline from Wednesday and a 50 percent decline from last Thursday. The Smurfs 2 placed in third for the week with $27.58 million and has now grossed $37.14 million in nine days. That places the film 12.5 percent behind the recent $42.44 million nine-day start of Turbo. After last weekend's subpar start, The Smurfs 2 did hold up nicely throughout the midweek, though the film will obviously face a major test today with the release of Disney's Planes into the marketplace.
Universal's 2 Guns held steady in fourth place with $2.01 million. The action film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg was down 8 percent from Wednesday. 2 Guns was the week's top film with a seven-day take of $37.39 million. While that figure represented a respectable start, it was also towards the lower end expectations and on top of that the film displayed lackluster holding power throughout the week. 2 Guns is currently running 10 percent ahead of the $33.89 million seven-day start of last year's Contraband.
The Wolverine rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.82 million. The sixth installment of Fox's X-Men franchise was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 58 percent from last Thursday. The Wolverine placed in second for the week with $30.67 million. That was down 58 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $103.99 million. The Wolverine is currently running 4 percent behind the $108.42 million two-week take of 2011's X-Men: First Class.