‘The Butler’ tops box office with $16.5 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite three new releases, the period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and the road trip comedy “We’re the Millers” stayed atop the box office.

“The Butler,” which stars Forest Whitaker as a long-serving White House butler, earned $16.5 million to lead all films for the second weekend in a row. “We’re the Millers,” which stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, added another $13 million as it edged closer to passing the $100 million mark after three weeks in theaters.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:

1. “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” Weinstein Co., $16,503,812, 3,110 locations, $5,307 average, $51,760,625, two weeks.

2. “We’re the Millers,” Warner Bros., $13,047,119, 3,445 locations, $3,787 average, $91,287,318, three weeks.

3. “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Sony, $9,336,957, 3,118 locations, $2,995 average, $14,088,359, one week.

4. “The World’s End,” Focus, $8,790,237, 1,551 locations, $5,667 average, $8,790,237, one week.

5. “Planes,” Disney, $8,575,214, 3,378 locations, $2,539 average, $59,599,909, three weeks.

6. “You’re Next,” Lionsgate, $7,020,196, 2,437 locations, $2,881 average, $7,020,196, one week.

7. “Elysium,” Sony, $6,926,280, 2,913 locations, $2,378 average, $68,880,218, three weeks.

8. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Fox, $5,274,716, 2,730 locations, $1,932 average, $48,421,169, three weeks.

9. “Kick-Ass 2,” Universal, $4,373,310, 2,945 locations, $1,485 average, $22,526,445, two weeks.

10. “Blue Jasmine,” Sony Pictures Classics, $3,972,687, 1,283 locations, $3,096 average, $14,471,489, five weeks.

11. “2 Guns,” Universal, $3,359,825, 1,841 locations, $1,825 average, $65,353,995, four weeks.

12. “Jobs,” Open Road, $2,866,014, 2,381 locations, $1,204 average, $12,009,301, two weeks.

13. “The Smurfs 2,” Sony, $2,764,252, 1,852 locations, $1,493 average, $62,580,370, four weeks.

14. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $2,600,715, 1,402 locations, $1,855 average, $350,701,135, eight weeks.

15. “The Wolverine,” Fox, $2,483,787, 1,449 locations, $1,714 average, $125,079,463, five weeks.

16. “The Conjuring,” Warner Bros., $2,058,284, 1,355 locations, $1,519 average, $131,668,992, six weeks.

17. “Paranoia,” Relativity Media, $1,313,251, 2,459 locations, $534 average, $6,250,293, two weeks.

18. “Grown Ups 2,” Sony, $900,617, 620 locations, $1,453 average, $128,945,248, seven weeks.

19. “The Spectacular Now,” A24 Films, $650,003, 154 locations, $4,221 average, $1,935,181, four weeks.

20. “Turbo,” Fox, $643,442, 470 locations, $1,369 average, $78,785,445, six weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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