‘The Butler’ works its way to second box office win

Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo star in “The Butler.”

Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.

“The Butler,” the story of an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight U.S. presidents, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character opposite Oprah Winfrey as his hard-drinking wife. “The Butler” also topped movie charts a week ago.

Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” again came in second, with $13.5 million.

“Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” based on a popular series of young adult novels, took the No. 3 slot, ringing up $9.3 million. The film stars Lily Collins as a teen girl who tries to protect the world from demons.

The Weinstein Company distributed “The Butler.” Sony Corp’s movie studio released “Mortal Instruments.” Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, distributed “We’re the Millers.”

 


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