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Weekend Box Office Report: August 16-18, 2013

Aug. 18, 2013by: Dave Davis

The Butler did it!

Although four new wide releases entered the theatrical arena this past weekend, it was LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER that handed out steaming dishes of defeat to all the competition, taking the #1 spot with an opening of $25 million!

Undoubtedly boosted by the presence of (and promotion by) co-star Oprah Winfrey, the fact-based story of a long-serving White House butler (Forest Whitaker) nearly made back its reported production cost in its first three days. It also seemed to please audiences ('A' CinemaScore) and critics (currently 73% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Director Daniels' previous darling PRECIOUS ended up with $47.5 million back in 2009, and since it also won a bucket of awards, we can probably also expect to see the Weinsteins giving the push for THE BUTLER at the beginning of next year.

With a firm grip on second place was last week's #2 movie WE'RE THE MILLERS with another $17.7 million, only a 32% drop from opening weekend for the Jason Sudeikis/Jennifer Aniston drug-dealer comedy. Business in general was kind of slow this week, but perhaps a straight drama and an R-rated comedy at the top of the chart is an indication that crowds are a bit exhausted from the flash-and-dazzle and family-friendly offerings of the summer.

Coming in third was last week's winner ELYSIUM with $13.6 million. Director Neill Blomkamp's new R-rated sci-fi film doesn't seem to be gaining the "must-see" status that his DISTRICT 9 enjoyed a few summers ago, although the Matt Damon headliner is now up to $93 million worldwide and still hasn't been released in some major international areas.

Getting battered into fourth place was the movie that many expected to win the weekend, the sequel KICK-ASS 2 with $13.5 million. Audiences were mostly cool with the vibrant but violent high-concept comic adaptation ('B+' CinemaScore) but critics gave it a vicious clobbering (29% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to the original movie's 77%).

The first KICK-ASS (directed by Matthew Vaughn, replaced on the sequel with Jeff Wadlow) wasn't a box office smash either, despite strong pre-release buzz from Comic Con and movie fan-sites -- it opened with $19.8 million, but went on to $96 million globally and became a big enough moneymaker on home video to eventually justify a sequel going into production. KICK-ASS 2 has only generated $6.3 million overseas so far, but it expands into many additional international territories over the next month.

Landing in fifth was Disney's CARS sorta-spinoff PLANES with $13.1 million, while PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS took a dip in sixth with $8.3 million (the sequel is up to $75 million worldwide). In seventh place was the new biopic JOBS with $6.7 million -- apparently no one was particularly impressed with the Ashton Kutcher version of the Apple co-founder ('B-' CinemaScore and 25% on Rotten Tomatoes), although the movie only cost $12M.

2 GUNS, THE SMURFS 2 and THE WOLVERINE round out the chart with some meager money, while THE CONJURING, GROWN UPS 2 and the smash DESPICABLE ME 2 (closing on $800M worldwide) got nudged out of the Top 10. And waaaay down in 13th place was the new tech thriller PARANOIA with just $3.5 million (a mere 1/10th of its budget). Looks like nobody had much interest in seeing AIR FORCE ONE rivals Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman clash once again (never mind checking out sexything Amber Heard and HUNGER GAMES hunk Liam Hemsworth).

Next weekend reunites Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright for the finale of their "Three Flavours Cornetto" THE WORLD'S END, plus the latest female-fronted young-adult fantasy adaptation THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (on Wednesday) and the low-budget home-invasion horror flick YOU'RE NEXT.

Are you planning to check out THE WORLD'S END next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Butler $25 M
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2. We're the Millers $17.7 M $69.5 M
3. Elysium $13.6 M $55.9 M
4. Kick-Ass 2 $13.5 M
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5. Planes $13.1 M $45 M
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8.3 M $38.9 M
7. Jobs $6.7 M
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8. 2 Guns $5.5 M $59.2 M
9. The Smurfs 2 $4.6 M $56.9 M
10. The Wolverine $4.4 M $120.4 M

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10:03PM on 08/19/2013
Wolverine is only 10 million left to become the highest grossing X Men movie overseas. X3 made 224 million overseas, and Wolverine is at 214, and it wasnt even released in China and Japan yet. And is the X movie with the minor gross in USA. And now KICK ASS 2 opened so bad... what happened with you guys in the US?
Wolverine is only 10 million left to become the highest grossing X Men movie overseas. X3 made 224 million overseas, and Wolverine is at 214, and it wasnt even released in China and Japan yet. And is the X movie with the minor gross in USA. And now KICK ASS 2 opened so bad... what happened with you guys in the US?
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11:21PM on 08/19/2013
There's no accounting for taste in any country... don't judge us all. Some of us know what to watch...
There's no accounting for taste in any country... don't judge us all. Some of us know what to watch...
7:52PM on 08/19/2013

WTF?

How does something so uninspiring and bland like despicable me 2 make 800 million dollars? That movie is an illuminatti brain washing tool i.e. batman forever. As hardcore and balls to the wall kick ass was, it still was able to bring heart , bravery, laughter and all kinds of emotions. It was real. And its a real shame there wont be anymore of them.
How does something so uninspiring and bland like despicable me 2 make 800 million dollars? That movie is an illuminatti brain washing tool i.e. batman forever. As hardcore and balls to the wall kick ass was, it still was able to bring heart , bravery, laughter and all kinds of emotions. It was real. And its a real shame there wont be anymore of them.
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4:36PM on 08/19/2013
The snarky references to Whitaker's eye are just not cool. What does that have to do with the performance of his new film? Keep it classy, people.
The snarky references to Whitaker's eye are just not cool. What does that have to do with the performance of his new film? Keep it classy, people.
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3:42PM on 08/19/2013
If youre avoiding KickAss because RT told you to, first, you suck and second you are missing out. Sure the choreography wasnt as good in most of the fights, but overall, the movie was chocked full of great character developement, awesome characters and a great, dark and twisted third act. I loved it.
If youre avoiding KickAss because RT told you to, first, you suck and second you are missing out. Sure the choreography wasnt as good in most of the fights, but overall, the movie was chocked full of great character developement, awesome characters and a great, dark and twisted third act. I loved it.
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1:39PM on 08/19/2013

Kick Ass 2 was ....Kick Ass!

I had a good time, was thoroughly entertained. That's what I wanted when I went. I don't care if it doesn't win Oscars or awards. The Butler would have cured my insomnia.

The only thing that bothered me was that stupid smirk Hit Girl always made wit her huge upper lip.
I had a good time, was thoroughly entertained. That's what I wanted when I went. I don't care if it doesn't win Oscars or awards. The Butler would have cured my insomnia.

The only thing that bothered me was that stupid smirk Hit Girl always made wit her huge upper lip.
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9:19AM on 08/19/2013

KICK ASS 2 was really good

I left the theatre upset because i had read the box office report prior to entering the theatre. So I knew it did not do well. But I fucking loved the film and so did eveyone that went with me to see it. So I was upset with the knowledge that they will most likely not be a third film, especially since they left it wide open for a third. Moviegoers suck man.
I left the theatre upset because i had read the box office report prior to entering the theatre. So I knew it did not do well. But I fucking loved the film and so did eveyone that went with me to see it. So I was upset with the knowledge that they will most likely not be a third film, especially since they left it wide open for a third. Moviegoers suck man.
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8:23AM on 08/19/2013
I'm sure the perceived quality of the film from the marketing was the main reason for Paranoia's failure, but I think anyone who was intrigued with the idea of seeing Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman square off against each other again was equally put off by the blatant attempt to shove Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard down our throats. Neither of them has earned the right to take top billing from their elder co-stars.
I'm sure the perceived quality of the film from the marketing was the main reason for Paranoia's failure, but I think anyone who was intrigued with the idea of seeing Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman square off against each other again was equally put off by the blatant attempt to shove Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard down our throats. Neither of them has earned the right to take top billing from their elder co-stars.
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6:05AM on 08/19/2013
Shame about Kick Ass as it's a lot of fun. No surprise about The Butler except that it didn't gross more.
Shame about Kick Ass as it's a lot of fun. No surprise about The Butler except that it didn't gross more.
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9:07PM on 08/18/2013

poor Kickass 2

I never heard of the movie The Butler until this article.. Too bad for Kick Ass 2 it was a fun movie. As for Jobs, poor casting ruined the movie.. Kelso looks like Kelso with a beard..
I never heard of the movie The Butler until this article.. Too bad for Kick Ass 2 it was a fun movie. As for Jobs, poor casting ruined the movie.. Kelso looks like Kelso with a beard..
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8:18PM on 08/18/2013
Something tells me there a whooooole lot of talking goin on in the theater during the butler!
Something tells me there a whooooole lot of talking goin on in the theater during the butler!
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7:44PM on 08/18/2013
The Butler beats Kick Ass 2? Wow!
The Butler beats Kick Ass 2? Wow!
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5:57PM on 08/18/2013
Seeing elysium and kick-ass dos tonizzle! Fuck you, America! Seriously The Lazy Eyed Butler? WTF! I got as much white guilt as the next guy, but come on, this looks as generic as they fucking come!
Seeing elysium and kick-ass dos tonizzle! Fuck you, America! Seriously The Lazy Eyed Butler? WTF! I got as much white guilt as the next guy, but come on, this looks as generic as they fucking come!
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10:51PM on 08/18/2013
So ALL of America is to blame? Your white guilt should shut the fuck up cuz lumping all us Americans together is like lumping a whole race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation together. I don't like this result but I'm not going to blame ALL of us Americans! Don't look at our box office business if you don't like it.
So ALL of America is to blame? Your white guilt should shut the fuck up cuz lumping all us Americans together is like lumping a whole race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation together. I don't like this result but I'm not going to blame ALL of us Americans! Don't look at our box office business if you don't like it.
10:16AM on 08/19/2013
Hold up dseal22, so lumping together the entire country that is responsible for these DOMESTIC box office numbers is like lumping a whole race, gender, religion or sexual orientation together. The box office numbers are America's numbers and quite frankly your assumption about lumping people together is fucking stupid. All races, genders, religions and sexual orientations make up America. America is a melting pot and the ingredients make up the whole. I never singled any group out, so yeah all
Hold up dseal22, so lumping together the entire country that is responsible for these DOMESTIC box office numbers is like lumping a whole race, gender, religion or sexual orientation together. The box office numbers are America's numbers and quite frankly your assumption about lumping people together is fucking stupid. All races, genders, religions and sexual orientations make up America. America is a melting pot and the ingredients make up the whole. I never singled any group out, so yeah all of America is to blame since these are the box office numbers for ALL OF AMERICA. Deductive reasoning, anyone?
1:46PM on 08/19/2013
Here's the flaw in your argument: I didn't watch that shit this weekend and I'm an American. Hence, all of America ISN'T to blame. Also, it's not like this stupid movie hit $100 million. Just $25, hardly ALL of America. I personally REFUSE to be lumped in with the idiots that watched this movie as I'm sure a lot of other Americans would so go talk shit about those idiots specifically and leave us Americans with some taste out of it.
Here's the flaw in your argument: I didn't watch that shit this weekend and I'm an American. Hence, all of America ISN'T to blame. Also, it's not like this stupid movie hit $100 million. Just $25, hardly ALL of America. I personally REFUSE to be lumped in with the idiots that watched this movie as I'm sure a lot of other Americans would so go talk shit about those idiots specifically and leave us Americans with some taste out of it.
7:37AM on 08/20/2013
When the Gestapo begin releasing the names of the individuals purchasing tickets for a specific movie, I'll adjust my insults accordingly.
When the Gestapo begin releasing the names of the individuals purchasing tickets for a specific movie, I'll adjust my insults accordingly.
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5:37PM on 08/18/2013

Awesome...

So that means you guys can stop running your Butler ads on the site that instantly start playing!
So that means you guys can stop running your Butler ads on the site that instantly start playing!
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5:54PM on 08/18/2013
Adblock dude.
Adblock dude.
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5:31PM on 08/18/2013
This time I stayed away from all the build up...went in with no super duper high expectations like last time...and you know what...I really enjoyed Kick Ass 2 (far more than Man of Steel, The Wolverine and possibly Iron Man 3 funny the things you end up really enjoying saw Hansel and Gretel last night thought it would be no better than a Resident Evil sequel but it was a blast who knew! ). I liked the serious tone that the movie takes on towards the end...and loved the final
This time I stayed away from all the build up...went in with no super duper high expectations like last time...and you know what...I really enjoyed Kick Ass 2 (far more than Man of Steel, The Wolverine and possibly Iron Man 3 funny the things you end up really enjoying saw Hansel and Gretel last night thought it would be no better than a Resident Evil sequel but it was a blast who knew! ). I liked the serious tone that the movie takes on towards the end...and loved the final shot...which suggests that this isn't for laughs anymore. Typical, now I want a third part...going by this opening, one might not be coming anytime soon.
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8:13PM on 08/18/2013
Hansel & Gretel was a fun movie indeed.
Hansel & Gretel was a fun movie indeed.
4:51PM on 08/18/2013
Whoever did the trailer to The Butler should be fired. They picked the goofiest parts of the whole movie and put them all into such a cliche trailer. In fact, I only saw it because the trailer was so hilarious and I was surprised it was actually a very good movie. Jobs was also pretty good, too. I mean, not good enough to pay to see it in the theaters but still worth a rental.
Whoever did the trailer to The Butler should be fired. They picked the goofiest parts of the whole movie and put them all into such a cliche trailer. In fact, I only saw it because the trailer was so hilarious and I was surprised it was actually a very good movie. Jobs was also pretty good, too. I mean, not good enough to pay to see it in the theaters but still worth a rental.
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4:29PM on 08/18/2013

In a World

It is slowly opening up in theaters but I just saw it. Lake Bell surprised that shit out of me with this one. The whole theater I was at, which was packed, loved it. It is fresh, funny, and an ORIGINAL idea!
It is slowly opening up in theaters but I just saw it. Lake Bell surprised that shit out of me with this one. The whole theater I was at, which was packed, loved it. It is fresh, funny, and an ORIGINAL idea!
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4:06PM on 08/18/2013
Wish Kick Ass 2 made a little more. Didn't think forest Whitaker and his crooked eye would top the list
Wish Kick Ass 2 made a little more. Didn't think forest Whitaker and his crooked eye would top the list
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4:09PM on 08/18/2013
It's the kind of movie that draws in the seniors; kind of like The Help a couple of years ago. Also, as the article states, the presence of Oprah and the fact that she gave the movie an enormous promotional push - it is really no surprise that it made number one. Honestly, I thought it would have opened with over 30 million.
It's the kind of movie that draws in the seniors; kind of like The Help a couple of years ago. Also, as the article states, the presence of Oprah and the fact that she gave the movie an enormous promotional push - it is really no surprise that it made number one. Honestly, I thought it would have opened with over 30 million.
4:05PM on 08/18/2013
I'm bummed that Kick-Ass 2's reception hasn't been better. I will be checking it out regardless sometime this week. I'm surprised Millers is holding on so well. Sure, the comedic parts are funny but everything else in between is garbage. I saw a review somewhere that referred to the movie as "We're the Fillers." I thought that was spot on. Oh well, I guess if it makes people laugh then it is serving its purpose.
I'm bummed that Kick-Ass 2's reception hasn't been better. I will be checking it out regardless sometime this week. I'm surprised Millers is holding on so well. Sure, the comedic parts are funny but everything else in between is garbage. I saw a review somewhere that referred to the movie as "We're the Fillers." I thought that was spot on. Oh well, I guess if it makes people laugh then it is serving its purpose.
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3:38PM on 08/18/2013
Every movie I was looking forward to this summer has been crap. Wish I knew why.
Every movie I was looking forward to this summer has been crap. Wish I knew why.
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4:06PM on 08/18/2013
Please elaborate.
Please elaborate.
4:22PM on 08/18/2013
Well, coming into the summer season, I was really looking forward to Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Star Trek 2, Kick Ass 2, Wolverine, World War Z, Elysium, etc. and basically all have come and gone and none of which have left any sort of lasting impression on me whatsoever. Maybe 'crap' was a bit of hyperbole, but I'm just bummed that none of the higher profile projects I was waiting for this year have lived up to my expectations of them.

(to be fair, haven't seen Pacific Rim yet)
Well, coming into the summer season, I was really looking forward to Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Star Trek 2, Kick Ass 2, Wolverine, World War Z, Elysium, etc. and basically all have come and gone and none of which have left any sort of lasting impression on me whatsoever. Maybe 'crap' was a bit of hyperbole, but I'm just bummed that none of the higher profile projects I was waiting for this year have lived up to my expectations of them.

(to be fair, haven't seen Pacific Rim yet)
8:14PM on 08/18/2013
Building up expectations, can only lead to disappointment.
Building up expectations, can only lead to disappointment.
10:30PM on 08/18/2013
Agreed. Very disappointing summer for movies. Here's hoping Fall and Winter have some good things in store. As far as the summer movies go, well...Iron Man 3: Sucked, Great Gatsby: Sucked, Hangover Part 3: Sucked, Fast 6: God Awful, The Bling Ring: Sucked, This is the End: Forgettable, Man of Steel: Meh, The Conjuring: Sucked, Only God Forgives: TERRIBLE, The Wolverine: Ok, We're the Millers: Lame.

Some standouts: Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, Fruitvale Station and 2 Guns
Agreed. Very disappointing summer for movies. Here's hoping Fall and Winter have some good things in store. As far as the summer movies go, well...Iron Man 3: Sucked, Great Gatsby: Sucked, Hangover Part 3: Sucked, Fast 6: God Awful, The Bling Ring: Sucked, This is the End: Forgettable, Man of Steel: Meh, The Conjuring: Sucked, Only God Forgives: TERRIBLE, The Wolverine: Ok, We're the Millers: Lame.

Some standouts: Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, Fruitvale Station and 2 Guns
8:32AM on 08/19/2013
I'm with you, izzy2024

I really loved Man of Steel and saw it twice. It connected with me in a big way, but I know I'm relatively alone on that front (at least on the internet). Other than that though, I wouldn't put a single movie I have seen this year in a top ten list. I'm hoping Gravity, Anchorman 2, Twelve Years a Slave and The Hobbit don't disappoint.
I'm with you, izzy2024

I really loved Man of Steel and saw it twice. It connected with me in a big way, but I know I'm relatively alone on that front (at least on the internet). Other than that though, I wouldn't put a single movie I have seen this year in a top ten list. I'm hoping Gravity, Anchorman 2, Twelve Years a Slave and The Hobbit don't disappoint.
9:58AM on 08/19/2013
I agree in many ways. I saw lots of movies this summer and I did have fun with some, but they were essentially all forgettable.
I agree in many ways. I saw lots of movies this summer and I did have fun with some, but they were essentially all forgettable.
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3:31PM on 08/18/2013
Good to see We're the Millers hanging in there. Hilarious movie, funniest one I've seen in a long time.
Good to see We're the Millers hanging in there. Hilarious movie, funniest one I've seen in a long time.
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6:36PM on 08/19/2013
Agreed! I loved it.
Agreed! I loved it.
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