"Lee Daniels' The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, won the box office race this weekend earning $25 million during its debut weekend in theaters. The raunchy comedy "We're the Millers," remained in second place, earning an additional $17.8 million. Matt Damon's sci-fi flick "Elysium" dropped from first place to third, earning $13.6 million during its second week in theaters. "Kick Ass 2" had a disappointing debut in theaters only earning $13.6 million for Universal Pictures and Disney's "Planes" dropped from third to fifth place garnering an extra $13.1 million in domestic receipts.
Next weekend watch for four new films to shake-up the box office charts. Debuting this Friday, August 23 are the teen film "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," the sci-fi comedy "The World's End," the horror flick "You're Next" and the kung-fu film "The Grandmaster."
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cellphones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com