‘Butler’ Tops Sluggish Movie Box Office
Forrest Whitaker’s Oscar worthy performance as a man who rose from poverty in the south to a long career as a staff member at the White House, “The Butler,” stayed strong with $16.5 million this weekend. It was the second weekend in a row the film was in first place. It has taken in a total of $51.8 million in two weeks, exceeding expectations.
“We’re the Millers” continued its good performance at the ticket window scoring $13.3 million and garnering a total of $91.5 million for three weeks.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost scored fairly well at the box office this weekend with $9.5 million on only 1,549 screens.
Newcomer “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” came in fourth place with only $9.2 million, surprisingly low for a movie based on a well-known and very popular series of books. Disney’s “Planes” was fifth with $8.7 million. “Planes” has been an underachiever at the box office. For the balance of the numbers from the weekend’s movie box office, click on the link below.
Opening next weekend is “Getaway,” a thriller about a washed-up NASCAR driver out to save his kidnapped wife.