THE BUTLER Stays at No. 1, Aims for $50M; WORLD'S END and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Land in the Middle
Deadline.com reports that Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER is holding strong at No. 1 in this weekend's box office, drawing an estimated $15.6 million by Sunday, aiming for a total of $50.9 million so far.
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.
THE BUTLER is followed by New Line's WE'RE THE MILLERS at No. 2 with an expected weekend draw of $13.1 million; Focus and Working Title's THE WORLD'S END, aiming for $9.6 million; and Sony's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES with $8.9 million projected by Sunday.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES has a wide enough fan base to draw a respectable cume, though the numbers are looking less-than-stellar so far. The movie is based on the best-selling young adult book series by Cassandra Clare and follows a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.
Finally, Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard, is sidling in at No. 10 this weekend after expanding its release.
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