“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” had more surprises up its sleeve this weekend, topping a slow box office for the second weekend in a row with $17.01 million. The drama about an African-American butler who served several Presidents is already receiving some Oscar buzz, which likely boosted it ahead of several other movies that were released around the same time.
Some of those movies include this weekend’s new releases, of which there were three. “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” was the most successful of those three—and really, it wasn’t successful at all. Based on a popular young adult fantasy series, the film was bashed by critics, and only grossed $9.3 million, debuting in third.
The final installment of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, “The World’s End”, did open to good reviews, however. The comedy stars five old friends who get together to go on a pub crawl but end up trying to survive the apocalypse. The film came in fourth with $8.9 million, which isn’t really that bad when you consider that it opened in about half as many theaters as “The Mortal Instruments” did. Meanwhile, the horror movie “You’re Next”, which has been praised by many as putting a twist on the slasher genre, debuted in seventh with $7.05 million.
On the indie front, Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” expanded to theaters nationwide this weekend, causing the film to finally jump into the top 12 with $4.3 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below.
- “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: $17.01 million
- “We’re the Millers”: $13.5 million
- “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”: $9.3 million
- “The World’s End”: $8.9 million
- “Planes”: $8.5 million
- “Elysium”: $7.1 million
- “You’re Next”: $7.05 million
- “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”: $5.2 million
- “Blue Jasmine”: $4.3 million
- “Kick-Ass 2”: $4.2 million
- “2 Guns”: $3.3 million
- “Jobs”: $3 million