Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER Tops Tepid Weekend Box Office with $17 Million
Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER held strong during its second showing at the box office, taking the weekend with just over $17 million. Its two-week total now rests at $52.2 million.
The film, also featuring Forest Whitaker, Mariah Carey (Precious), John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and many more, is inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, THE BUTLER traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.
New Line's WE'RE THE MILLERS wrapped this weekend with an additional $13.5 million, bumping its total to $91.7 million. Sony's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES was shooting for a projected $8.9 million, but managed to earn just over $9.3 million, marginally exceeding expectations. Focus and Working Title's THE WORLD'S END took fourth with $8.9 million.
Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard, took the ninth spot this, grossing $4.3 million after expanding its release.
Rentrak announced the top 12 earners for the weekend (August 23-25). Check them out below:
|1||Lee Daniels' The Butler||The Weinstein Company||$17,018,000||$52,274,813|
|2||We're The Millers||Warner Bros.||$13,500,000||$91,740,199|
|4||World's End, The||Focus Features||$8,942,307||$8,942,307|
|8||Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters||20th Century Fox||$5,200,000||$48,346,453|
|9||Blue Jasmine||Sony Pictures Classics||$4,300,119||$14,798,921|