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'The Butler' Drama Tops Box Office for Second Weekend In a Row

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 05:41 PM

By David Ogul

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“The Butler,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, took the top spot at the weekend box office for the second week in a row.

The drama earned a reported $17 million this weekend, a drop of 31 percent from the previous week but enough to hold off “We’re the Millers,” which came in second at $13.5 million, according to CNN.

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“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “The World’s End,” and “Planes” rounded out the Top 5.

Directed by Lee Daniels, “The Butler” focuses on Cecil Gaines, an African-American who serves eight U.S. presidents during a 34-year span that included the Civil Rights movement. The movie has grossed more than $52 million after its first 10 days on the big screen. "The Butler" was made for a reported $30 million, and last weekend earned an average of $5,472 per theater.

Other movies on the weekend’s Top 10 list include No. 6 “Elysium” with receipts of $7.1 million and a total of more than $69 million during its three-week run; No. 7 “You’re Next” at $7 million in its first week of release; No. 8 “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” at $5.2 million last weekend and $48.3 million in its three weeks of release; No. 9 Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which took in $4.3 million over the weekend and has collected $14.8 million in five weeks of release; and No. 10 "Kick-Ass 2," which sold just shy of $4.3 million in tickets and has secured $22.4 million in two weeks.

“We’re the Millers,” which stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, has made nearly $92 million in three weeks of release and is on pace to be the top-grossing film of August.

Next weekend’s planned releases include “Getaway,” starring Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke, and “One Direction: This is Us,” a concert film.

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