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|
|6.||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||$8,375,000||$38.9|
|9.||The Smurfs 2||$4,600,000||$56.9|