Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, scored a huge victory in one of the last weekends of the busy summer movie season. The true story, that in our The Butler review we called a must-see movie, was up against some stiff competition this weekend as more movies opened this past Friday than in any other weekend this summer.
Not faring so well was another new release, Kick-Ass 2. The sequel to Kick-Ass didn’t really kick too much butt and landed in fourth place with $13.57 million… just barely finishing behind the third place film, Elysium.
Coming in second and pulling in strong numbers for its second week in release was the Jennifer Aniston-starring We’re the Millers. That film banked $17.8 million, bringing its total to $69.5 million. Closing out the top five was the Disney hit Planes. Despite never topping the box office and barely making it into the top five two weeks in a row, the Cars spin-off has earned a total of $45 million in two weeks.
Another new film to debut, the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs landed in seventh place with $6.7 million. And nowhere on this list and totally disappointing is Paranoia. The Harrison Ford-starring thriller made a paltry $3 million.
Weekend box office:
1. The Butler, $25 million
2. We’re the Millers, $17.8 million
3. Elysium, $13.6 million
4. Kick-Ass 2, $13.57 million
5. Planes, $13.1 million
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, $8.4 million
7. Jobs, $6.7 million
8. 2 Guns, $5.6 million
9. The Smurfs 2, $4.6 million
10. The Wolverine, $4.4 million