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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Science-fiction thriller “Elysium” took top spot in the North American box-office this weekend, beating out competition from raunchy Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re The Millers,” estimates showed Sunday.

Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, “Elysium” is set in a dystopian future where the poor have been left to inhabit a ruined Earth while the rich live on a luxurious space station.

The movie, written and directed by South African filmmaker Neil Blomkamp (“District 9”), earned $30.5 million in its opening three days, estimated figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.

In second place was Aniston’s R-rated comedy “We’re The Millers,” which stars the former “Friends” actress and Jason Sudeikis in a romp about a bogus family attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico.

The film took $26.6 million over the three-day weekend, placing it just ahead of Disney’s latest animated offering “Planes.”

An effective spin-off of the hugely successful “Cars” franchise, “Planes” took $22.5 million to place third.

Fourth place was occupied by another debutant, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”, the latest adaptation based on the book series by Rick Riordan about a schoolboy who is in fact the son of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The film took $14.6 million.

Last week’s number one, the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action comedy “2 Guns” earned $11.1 million this weekend.

Sony’s animated sequel “The Smurfs 2” was in sixth spot with $9.5 million, just ahead of Hugh Jackman’s comic-book based blockbuster “The Wolverine. The latest big-screen adaptation to feature the claw-fingered “X-Men” character added another $8 million in its third week on release.

In eighth place was horror film “The Conjuring,” the low-budget shocker which took $6.7 million. So far the movie has earned $120.7 million in four weeks, a phenomenal return for a film which cost a relatively modest $20 million to make.

Animated children’s comedy “Despicable Me 2” was ninth with $7.4 million, as another sequel “Grown Ups 2” took 10th.

Rounding out the top 12 were Woody Allen’s acclaimed drama “Blue Jasmine”, with $2.5 million and animated children’s flick “Turbo” with $2.3 million.

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Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) wants to make sure kids are taught to be patriotic in their schools. His new bill would strip federal funding from any school that does not force them to memorize his selected historical texts.

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