Elysium opened this weekend to $30.5 million for the three day stretch. It beat out Jennifer Aniston’s We’re The Millers, as well as Disney’s Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Elysium is the first release for writer/director Neill Blokamp since 2009, when he received critical acclaim for the sci-fi drama District 9, which pulled in $37 million in it’s opening weekend debut. Like District 9, Elysium has already drawn heavy attention from critics for its reflections on social class structures and the so-called “left-wing agenda,” but that didn’t stop District 9 from scoring big with audiences and becoming an unexpected hit in Hollywood. Elysium also has the celebrity pull that District 9 was lacking, starring two Oscar winners, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, in the leading roles. The only concern for Elysium now is that it came in somewhat short for a movie with a budget of $115 million, so Sony may be pretty anxious to see the worldwide release results. I have high hopes for this movie though; Blokamp is both a great writer and director, and if Elysium is anything close to District 9, audiences are sure to be in for a big surprise.