Riding a wave of largely positive reviews and enthusiastic audience response, Lee Daniels’ The Butler took the top spot at the North American box office, taking in an estimated $25 million as it bowed in 2,933 theaters. The Weinstein Company release, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, easily outperformed the weekend’s three other new wide releases.
Universal’s Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 movie about would-be superheroes, debuted in third place with $13.56 million. Jobs, the biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs, distributed by Open Road, failed to create much of a stir, collecting $6.7 million for a seventh-place showing, and the thriller Paranoia, from Relativity, lagged further behind with just $3.5 million, landing outside of the top 10 in 13th place.
Among the holdovers, Warners’ We’re the Millers showed remarkable staying power. Rawson Marshall Thurber’s comedy about a drug-dealing pseudo-family, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, pulled in $17.8 million to secure the second spot on the box-office list in its sophomore outing. It fell just 33 percent from its opening weekend, the best hold for any of this summer’s wide releases. Its domestic cume now stands at $69.5 million. The Millers also began its international rollout, grossing $10.6 million in 13 markets.
Sony’s sci-fi tale Elysium, also in its second weekend, scored $13.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $55.9 million. That left Elysium and Kick-Ass 2 effectively tied for third place in the rankings. Elysium also rang up $22 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $93.6 million.
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