Oprah Powers The Butler To The Top
Box office Wrap Up Aug 16-18
This weekend at the box office, a superhero comedy, a Steve Jobs biopic, and a Harrison Ford thriller all got served by a butler. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” to be exact. The Weinstein Company’s awards-bait drama, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, topped the chart with an excellent $25 million from 2,933 theaters in its first frame. Audiences issued the well-reviewed picture an enthusiastic “A” CinemaScore grade, which paired with the Oprah marketing machine sets it up for a lucrative box office run as summer draws to a close.
We’re The Millers continued to hold strong The pot-smuggling comedy, which stars Jason Sudiekis and Jennifer Aniston, fell only 33 percent in its second weekend to $17.8 million and has now lit up $69.5 million worth of tickets against a trim $37 million budget. “Millers” is now a lock to surpass $100 million at the domestic box office, which would make it Sudeikis’ second film to reach the milestone (alongside his previous Aniston team-up, “Horrible Bosses”), and Aniston’s sixth.
Last weekends Big hit Elsyium Starring Matt Damon comes in third with 13.6 million, just edging out Kick Ass 2 the follow up to the cult hit Kick Ass, that Disapoints at 13.5 million.
The first KICK-ASS (directed by Matthew Vaughn, replaced on the sequel with Jeff Wadlow) wasn’t a box office smash either, despite strong pre-release buzz from Comic Con and movie fan-sites — it opened with $19.8 million, but went on to $96 million globally and became a big enough moneymaker on home video to eventually justify a sequel going into production. KICK-ASS 2 has only generated $6.3 million overseas so far, but it expands into many additional international territories over the next month.
Disney’s Planes, which (as Disney marketing is desperately trying to emphasize) is absolutely not in any way shape, or form, a Pixar production, claimed the fifth spot with $13.1 million While jobs, Open Road Films’ Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, didn’t sync with moviegoers and floundered with $6.7 million. Fortunately, the picture cost only $12 million to produce — or about the amount that Apple has earned since you started reading this sentence.
1. The Butler $25 M
2. We’re the Millers $17.7 M
3. Elysium $13.6 M
4. Kick-Ass 2 $13.5 M
5. Planes $13.1 M
6. Percy Jackson: $8.3 M
7. Jobs $6.7 M
8. 2 Guns $5.5 M
9. The Smurfs 2 $4.6 M
10. The Wolverine $4.4 M