Thanks to tons of television appearances from Oprah Winfrey and the other cast members, Lee Daniels' The Butler is this weekend's projected box office winner.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. Lee Daniels has brought this story to life.
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is the projected winner of this weekend's box office battle, with some reports suggesting that the film will close at $27 Million this weekend. It is a huge victory for Lee Daniels and The Weinstein Company.
Here's how the rest of the box office turned out (according to Deadline):
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) NEW [Runs 2,933] PG13
Friday $8.3M, Saturday $9.3M, Weekend $25.0M
2. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 2 [Runs 3,325] R
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $7.1M, Weekend $17.7M (-33%), Cume $69.4M
3. Kick Ass 2 (Universal) NEW [Runs 2,940] R
Friday $5.4M, Saturday $4.2M, Weekend $14.0M
4. Elysium (Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,284] R
Friday $3.9M, Saturday $5.5M, Weekend $13.5M (-55%), Cume $55.8M
5. Planes (Disney) Week 2 [Runs 3,716] PG
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $5.7M, Weekend $13.4M (-40%), Cume $45.3M