Oprah’s ‘Butler’ cleans up with $25 million at movie box office

Actors David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, cast members of the film
Actors David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, are cast members of the film ‘The Butler.’

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, easily won the weekend box office battle, pulling in $25 million from U.S. and Canadian ticket sales through Sunday.

Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” finished second in its second week in release, earning $17.8 million and beating “Kick-Ass 2,” a comedy sequel about a teenage crime-fighting duo, which came in fourth with $13.57 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates.

The Matt Damon sci-fi thriller “Elysium” finished third in its second week, with $13.6 million.

“The Butler,” featuring Winfrey’s first acting role since 1998, is inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents. Whitaker plays the butler opposite Winfrey, his chain-smoking, hard-drinking wife, Gloria. It was directed by Lee Daniels.

“Kick-Ass 2,” a follow-up to the 2010 original, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a nerdy teenage boy who fights injustice as costumed superhero Kick-Ass. Chloe Moretz plays his sidekick known as Hit Girl.

In “We’re the Millers,” Aniston stars as a stripper who poses as the wife of a small-time pot dealer, played by Jason Sudeikis, to help smuggle marijuana into the United States.

The privately held Weinstein Co distributed “The Butler.” “Kick-Ass 2″ was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, released “We’re the Millers.” Sony Corp’s movie studio released “Elysium.”

 


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