There was a surprise at the top of the box office this weekend, as Lee Daniels’ The Butler came in at number one with $25 million in its debut. The film beat out a strong second week performance from We’re the Millers, which brought in $17.7 million. Elysium fell to third place after opening number one last week.
The Butler stars Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, who made her first appearance in a movie in more than a decade. The film had an all star cast of supporting actors, including Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Liev Shreiber, James Mardsden, Terrance Howard, John Cusack, and Lenny Kravitz. The movie tells the story of Eugene Allen, played by Whitaker, who served as a butler through eight presidential administrations.
Superhero movie Kick Ass 2 came in fourth with a disappointing $13.6 million. Jobs, the film depicting the life of deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs, also opened weakly with just $6.7 million. The film has not won over critics, and was even downplayed by Steve Jobs former partner at Apple, Steve Wozniak.
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25 million
2. We’re the Millers $17.7 million
3. Elysium $13.6 million
4. Kick-Ass 2 $13.6 million
5. Planes $13.1 million
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8.3 million
7. Jobs $6.7 million
8. 2 Guns $5.5 million
9. The Smurfs 2 $4.6 million
10. The Wolverine $4.4 million