Weekend box office: Lee Daniels' The Butler and Kick-Ass 2 battle for the top spot
After the controversy surrounding the title of the film, some people forgot that LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER might actually be a quality film. It turns out that it’s more than just a weird title, it actually opened pretty well and is flirting with $30 million at the weekend box office. Meanwhile, the ultra-violent KICK-ASS 2 didn’t fare so well, but keep in mind that the original only opened with around $20 million, so $15 million for the sequel isn’t a total surprise. The Kick-Ass films are the type of movies that do better on Blu-ray than they do in theaters. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t so good for the other two movies of the weekend. Ashton Kutcher’s JOBS stumbled a little bit, but given Kutcher’s lack of credibility as an actor, it’s not surprising. PARANOIA’s disappointing opening wasn’t much of a surprise either since the studio kind of forgot about the film and dumped it in a late August opening with little fanfare. Critics weren’t kind to it, which of course didn’t help.
Next week sees the release of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, which I don’t have a lot of hope for. The YA titles are played out and this one doesn’t look like it offers anything new. But we also get THE WORLD’S END, which I have high hopes for since Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can do no wrong. SHAUN OF THE DEAD was brilliant and I expect more of the same from THE WORLD’S END. But don’t completely rule out the horror film YOU’RE NEXT since horror movies have a way of surprising people at the weekend box office. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25m
2. We’re The Millers $17.7m
3. Elysium $13.6m
4. Kick-Ass 2 $13.5m
5. Planes $13.1m
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8.3m
7. Jobs $6.7m
8. 2 Guns $5.5m
9. The Smurfs 2 $4.6m
10. The Wolverine $4.4m