Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ flops at US box office

M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi movie achieved sales of $26.5 million

Will Smith‘s After Earth has flopped at the US box office, earning sales well below the studio’s projected amount.

The M Night Shymalan-directed science fiction movie, which also stars Will’s son Jaden, achieved opening week sales of just $26.5million – around $40million less than Sony had predicted.

According to Deadline, the film, which came in at Number Three in the US box office behind Fast And Furious 6 and Now You See Me, has performed “2.5 times worse than Jaden Smith’s Karate Kid reboot and half of Oblivion‘s opening”.

After Earth is a sci-fi thriller set 1,000 thousand years after the human race was forced to leave its home planet. Will Smith stars as a legendary soldier called Cypher, whose son Kitai is played by Jaden Smith.

The movie is the first film from M Night Shyamalan since his notorious 2010 flop The Last Airbender. The director’s previous hits include The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable.

The screenplay was written by Gary Whitta, a former video games journalist, and Stephen Gaghan, whose previous credits include Traffic and Syriana. After Earth is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on June 7, 2013. You can watch the trailer by scrolling down and clicking ‘play’.