Weekend Box Office – ‘The Butler’ sweeps up ‘Kick-Ass 2’

Posted: August 18, 2013 in Movies

It’s not everyday that a superhero sequel film with much anticipation and hype fails to deliver, especially when the original film caught so many off guard in a positive manner.   However, Kick-Ass 2 was panned by critics for shoddy directing, writing, and special effects while Lee Daniel’s The Butler’ – an early Oscar contender – took the top spot.

The Butler, with an all-star cast, thrusts Forest Whitaker back into the A-list spotlight as the lead character and becomes the first film of 2013 to early serious Academy Award consideration.  The film brought in $25M over the weekend, which was more than enough for the top spot.

Coming in second this weekend was the ensemble comedy We’re The Millers, which garnered $17M over the three days.   The surprisingly strong comedy has brought in $69M over the two weekends since its release.   The film only cost $37M to make, so it’s been one of the stronger releases this summer.

Third this weekend was the Matt Damon sci-fi action flick Elysium, which took a pretty good tumble from first to third this weekend.  The film brought in $13M but has still underperformed as a whole only bringing in $55M in two weeks while having a budget of $115M.

Rounding out the top 5 was the surprisingly disappointing comic book sequel Kick-Ass 2, which was highly anticipated.  The film, which had a modestly low budget of $28M, brought in only $13M.  It will eventually make its budget back, but for a hyped summer action release, it has severely underwhelmed.   The fifth film on the weekend charts was the Disney animated failure Planes, which made $13M as well.

Full top 10 listed below:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Lee Daniel’s The Butler – $25 (NEW)

2) We’re the Millers – $17.7 ($69.5)

3) Elysium – $13.6 ($55.9)

4) Kick-Ass 2 – $13.5 (NEW)

5) Planes – $13.1 ($45)

6) Percy Jackson: Seas of Monsters – $8.3 ($38.9)

7) jOBS – $6.7 (NEW)

8) 2 Guns – $5.5 ($59.2)

9) The Smurfs 2 – $4.6 ($56.9)

10) The Wolverine – $4.4 ($120.4)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

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