According to the Associated Press on August 26, 2013 “Lee Daniels' The Butler” topped this past weekend with $17 million based on studio estimates Sunday.
With these great numbers that lead all films nearing the end of August which is usually known to be a dumping ground for studios after following several summer blockbusters. This historical drama about a long-serving White House butler, which stars award winning Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The movie opened last weekend with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co who constantly produces a lot of other classics.
Other movies that also were new releases could not catch the same flame as the Butler: “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones;” the teen fantasy from the popular adult book series it was adapted from, opened up at a shy 9.3 million, and 14 million total since it opened up last Wednesday.
This gave “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the third spot. Plans are already in motion for the sequel, again starring Lily Collins as a New York teenager who discovers mystical powers.
Edgar Wright's pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedy "The World's End" opened with $8.9 million for Focus Features. That was a better start for "The World's End," which stars Simon Pegg, than Wright's last film with the actor: 2007's "Hot Fuzz." It opened with $5.8 million. Playing in 1,549 theaters, "The World's End" did its business in less than half the theaters of "The Butler" or "Mortal Instruments."
Even with good reviews, Lionsgate's home-invasion horror flick "You're Next" opened up with a weak $7.1 million start. There were many high expectations for this film to do better than that.
With a cumulative total of $52.3 million, "The Butler" is headed for a domestic haul of $100 million. It has followed the release pattern of another movie about race and domestic service: the 2011 drama "The Help," also released in August. The Weinstein Co. has high hopes that "The Butler" will similarly lead them to receiving more Oscar nominations.
With the success of the Weinstein Co. in recent years it is also hopeful that they will continue to produce great films dealing with a variety of issues from the past and present that Americans have and will experience.