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‘After Earth’ a box-office afterthought

Weekend box office

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):

1. Fast & Furious 6 $34.5

2. Now You See Me $28

3. After Earth $27

4. (tie) Epic $16.4

Star Trek $16.4

6. Hangover III $15.9

7. Iron Man 3 $8

8. Great Gatsby $6.3

9. Yeh Jawaani Hai

Deewani $1.6

10. Mud $1.2

Updated: July 4, 2013 6:49AM

Moviegoers seem to be bored with the final frontier.

Despite boasting Will Smith as its lead, the sci-fi thriller “After Earth” mustered only third place and came in $10 million under analysts’ projections this weekend at theaters. The film marked the third big-budget science fiction film to fall flat in less than two months.

In April, Tom Cruise’s $120 million sci-fi film “Oblivion” managed $88 million — not a flop, but well below Cruise’s average haul of $97 million a movie.

Last month, the $190 million “Star Trek Into Darkness” opened to $70 million, $5 million less than the 2009 reboot “Star Trek.”

“Earth” appears headed for a more dire fate. Excoriated by critics, the $130 million story of a post-apocalyptic planet landed in third place behind “Fast & Furious 6” in its second weekend and the bank-robbing magician caper “Now You See Me,” according to studio estimates.

“This is not 10 years ago when Will Smith was at the height of his box-office powers,” says Tim Briody of

Gannett News Service

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