Box Office: ‘The Butler’ Provides #1 Spot While the Rest Fall Short

By Will Ashton


Audiences had four new movies to see this weekend, but many only saw one: The Butler. The new film from Academy-Award nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious) was able to take the number one spot this weekend with $25 million.

Meanwhile, last week’s number two film We’re the Millers hung onto its spot and earned $17.7 million, which brings its domestic box office total to $69.5 million. Elysium, however, fell from first to third over the weekend, and gathered up $13.6 million. This brings its total domestic gross to $55.9 million.

As for the rest of the new releases this weekend, Kick-Ass 2 was one of two very publicized releases for the weekend, but the movie was only able to open in fourth place with $13.5 million. With a budget of $28 million, this isn’t terrible for the action sequel, but given that the original opened with $6.3 million more, it’s a bit disheartening for fans.

Additionally, the other well-publicized new film of the weekend was the biopic Jobs. The Ashton Kutcher-starring film only opened with $6.7 million. Given that the budget was only $12 million, it’s not another disaster, but it is a bit disappointing for those at Open Road hoping this one would be a smash hit.

Then there’s Paranoia, which, as it turns out, was the worst wide opening film of the summer, as the film opened with $3.5 million, which doesn’t even put the movie in the top 10. It opened in 13th place. Reviews were not kind to this film, including my own which, looking back, was a bit nicer compared to some I’ve seen, and they definitely hurt the film.

Next week comes The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on Wednesday, along with The World’s End and You’re Next on Friday. I would guess Mortal Instruments has the best shot, if what the previews have us believe about the book’s fan-base is true, but I don’t know for sure. We’ll have to find out next week. Also, sorry for the delay.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25,010,000 $25
2.  We’re the Millers $17,780,000 $69.5
3.  Elysium $13,600,00 $55.9
4.  Kick-Ass 2 $13,568,000 $13.5
5.  Planes $13,141,000 $45
6.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8,375,000 $38.9
7.  Jobs $6,700,000 $6.7
8.  2 Guns $5,600,000 $59.2
9.  The Smurfs 2 $4,600,000 $56.9
10.  The Wolverine $4,425,000 $120.4

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