After Earth: Poor Opening as Fast & Furious Holds US Top Spot

M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth could be headed for one of the lowest summer openings for a Will Smith film as the sci fi epic, which co-stars Will's teen son Jaden, can't match the tough box office competition of Fast & Furious 6.

The sixth outing in the Fast & Furious franchise looks set to hold onto it's number one spot in the US box office, for a second week with a gross of $50 million or more, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.

Will Smith have a lot invested in their project, which is set to open this weekend in the States. It's based on his original story and stars son Jaden, but it looks like heart and an all star father/son duo just isn't enough to beat Vin Diesel and some super fast cars.

Based on pre-release tracking, After Earth is looking to gross $35 million to $40 million, with the film costing $130 million to produce. Whilst those figures may sound pretty good, they're actually well below the usual opening for a summer film starring Smith.

For instance last year, Men in Black 3 opened to $54.6 million, while Hancock scored a $62.6 million debut in summer 2008. Jaden meanwhile has raked in big bucks in the past, with Karate Kid taking $55.7 million in 2010.

After Earth opens in UK cinemas on June 7.

oh well, at least their promo tour produced this gem