Weekend Review: The Butler Did It

by Bunzi on Monday, August 19, 2013

The Butler, at the box office, with a bang!  It wasn’t block-buster numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but a respectable $25 million opening makes things very interesting for all owners of this film.  The trailers promised a powerful story, and those that have seen the film have given it some seriously glowing reviews.  The time of over produced, high-budget films has come to an end for the summer and audiences might be seeking films that will leave them with more than spinning eyeballs and a headache.  I expect that this movie will have low drop-offs and my educated guess says this movie will flirt with $100 million.

The weekend’s other opener was Kick-Ass 2, though this fizzler only managed $13.6 million for 4th place.  There was a lot of buzz coming out of Comic Con for the first movie, but once it hit the silver screens, no one seemed to care.  I’m not sure why anyone expected anything from the sequel, and I say this movie will be lucky to break $30 million.

As far as the rest of the weekend podium is concerned, in their 2nd weekend of play, We’re the Millers destroyed Elysium, despite losing the battle a week ago.  Millers made nearly $18 million and is now looking to break the $100 million barrier.  Elysium on the other hand barely finished ahead of KA2 with $13.6 million and a final of about $70 million is what should be expected.

Planes and Percy Jackson 2 were the other weekend sophomores, and finished in 5th and 6th place respectively.  Jobs on the other hand made its maiden theatre voyage, though it couldn’t recreate the magic that Steve Jobs conjured with its amazing Apple products.  It made just under $7 million and shouldn’t be expected to break $20 million before the end of its run.  Rounding out the top 10 for the weekend are 2 Guns, The Smurfs 2 and The Wolverine