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Mania Box Office Report: The Butler Rules

World’s End comes in 4th

By Robert T. Trate     August 26, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

No, it was the Tween adventure movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones nor the Edgar Wright’s Sci-Fi pub crawl, The World’s End, that won the box office. Nope, it was Lee miller’s The Butler that took the number one spot again. Surprisingly enough We’re the Millers made a resurgence and took the number 2 spot again as well. 

With The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones being compared to Twilight, how did it measure up at the box office? Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo had this to report: “Among the newcomers, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones had the top debut with $9.3 million. Compared to 2013's other Twilight wannabes, that's above Beautiful Creatures ($7.6 million) but a bit lower than The Host ($10.6 million). The movie did burn off some demand with a Wednesday debut, though, and through five days it has earned $14.05 million.” Not bad overall considering the sequel is slated for next year. 


 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

The Butler

 

$17,018,000

3,110

$5,472

$52,275,000

$30

2

We’re the Millers

 

$13,500,000

3,445

$3,919

$91,740,000

$37

3

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

 

$9,300,000

3,118

$2,983

$14,051,000

$60

4

The World’s End

 

$8,942,000

1,549

$5,773

$8,942,000

$20

5

Planes

 

$8,567,000

3,378

$2,536

$59,591,000

$50

6

Elysium

 

$7,100,000

2,913

$2,437

$69,054,000

$115

7

You’re Next

 

$7,050,000

2,437

$2,893

$7,050,000

-

8

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

 

$5,200,000

2,730

$1,905

$48,346,000

$90

9

Blue Jasmine

 

$4,300,000

1,283

$3,352

$14,799,000

-

10

Kick-Ass 2

 

$4,270,000

2,945

$1,450

$22,423,000

$28



As we ease into fall and the Labor Day weekend we have Getaway and Riddick coming up on our slate of movies. 

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Kaziklu 8/26/2013 9:44:54 AM

 I think it is safe to assume there will not be more Percy Jackson movies.. this is why you don't mess with the story too much

monkeyfoot 8/26/2013 11:04:40 AM

Oprah cannot be stopped! She is like a mighty wind that nothing can stand against!

If she ever made a genre movie she would indeed be unstoppable. LOL! She'd probably make a great Amanda Waller for the DC movieverse.

FrozenFear 8/26/2013 11:35:35 AM

I think Percy Jackson & Kick-Ass 2 cancel each other out in the box office :P

goirish83 8/26/2013 11:42:50 AM

Went to see "You're Next", really liked it.  Rob was, as usual, way off with his review. 

karas1 8/26/2013 12:18:13 PM

The Butler was a fine, entertaining movie.  But I felt like I was being preached at and force fed black history.  Also, so many stars and well known actors had cameos as various historical personages.  It took me right out of the movie every time I saw Robin Williams or Jane Fonda or whoever.

Oprah wasn't bad in it but it wasn't an Oscar worthy performance by any means.  Which doesn't mean it won't be nominated for lots of awards when the time comes because it's an "important" film.

boxker 8/26/2013 12:34:11 PM

 Yeah, cause no one is force fed white history. We all know that it's the only true history. 

redvector 8/26/2013 1:13:20 PM

The Butler is so highly fictionalized it doesn't even qualify as a "true story" anymore. Too many events were changed or never happened at all. Like were the butler grew up. He was born and raised in Maryland not Georgia. 

Wiseguy 8/26/2013 1:56:07 PM

Host, Beautiful Creatures and now Mortal Instruments all were supposed to be the next Twilight and al failed miserably. Haven't seen Mortal Instruments but the other 2 were horrendous. Guess we only have to put up with Hunger Games, in a perfect world that would've bombed too.

I wouldn't count on the Mortal Instruments sequel seeing the light of day just yet.

 

jimvo99 8/26/2013 2:32:39 PM

I saw We're The Millers this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at how funny it was. You should all go see it you're gonna laugh your ass off.

karas1 8/26/2013 3:35:01 PM

Boxker, there is no vwhite history or black history or women's history or Native American history or LGBT history or minority history of any kind.  There is only history which covers everybody.

I was shocked when in The Butler is was stated that black employees at the White House were making less than half of what white employees were paid up through the Regan era.  If true that's a shame and a crime.

My problem with the film was I felt it was trying to engender white guilt.  I'm a white person and I have tried very hard to eliminate prejudice from my mind and actions.  I try to judge everybody around me as an individual irrespective of race, religion, sexual orientation or anything else. 

When a movie tries to make me feel guilty because white people mistreated black people at other places and times, things over which I had no control and do not approve of, it pisses me off.  Do I blame Germans because Hitler murdered millions of Jews in the '40s?  Do I try to make people who had no control over that, who may not have been born at the time, feel guilty about it?  No, there's no point.  Our current challenge is to live in the world as it is now.

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