It’s rare for a pseudo biography to garner so much attention, let alone a biography about a White House butler who grows old with the different United States presidents around him. However, Lee Daniel’s The Butler has surprised everyone and has taken the top spot at the box office two straight weekends in a row. The film has put hyped movies such as Kick Ass 2 and The World’s End in the rear view mirror. The Butler managed to pull in $17M over the weekend, the first sign that the summer blockbuster season is behind us. It puts the film at $52M for its two weeks.
Second at the box office this weekend is the surprise comedy hit We’re The Millers, the ensemble comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. The surprise hit continues to perform strong pulling $13M over the weekend bringing its three week total to $91M. Not a bad performance for an end of summer comedy no one thought was going to be any good.
Third place this weekend was the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was panned by critics after receiving considerable buzz amongst pre-teens. The film didn’t cross the $10M mark only pulling in $9M.
Rounding out the top five this weekend at the box office was the Edgar Wright apocalyptic comedy The World’s End starring Simon Pegg and the Disney animated film Planes. The film’s pulled in $8.9M and $8.5M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Lee Daniel’s The Butler – $17 ($52)
2) We’re The Millers – $13.5 ($91.7)
3) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – $9.3 (NEW)
4) The World’s End – $8.9 (NEW)
5) Planes – $8.5 ($59.5)
6) Elysium – $7.1 ($69)
7) You’re Next – $7 (NEW)
8) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – $5.2 ($48.3)
9) Blue Jasmine – $4.3 ($14.7)
10) Kick Ass 2 – $4.2 ($22.4)