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Matt Damon thriller ’Elysium’ flies above ’Planes’ at box office

imageLOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: Matt Damon's futuristic thriller "Elysium," the story of an elite space outpost locked in battle with poor invaders from a ruined Earth, won a crowded box-office race among four new films at US and Canadian theaters over the weekend.

"Elysium" grabbed $30.5 million in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie added $10.9 million from 17 international markets, for a combined global opening of $41.4 million.

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