rottenwatch box office:
73% Lee Daniels' The Butler
43% We're the Millers
29% Kick-Ass 2
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Box Office: ‘The Butler’ Cleans Up With $25 Mil; ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Ties for Third Place. Robust frame keeps summer box office at record pace
The Weinstein Co.’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” cleaned up at the domestic box office this weekend, overperforming with an estimated $25 million in three days, while Universal’s “Kick-Ass 2″ delivered a soft $13.6 million domestically, not strong enough even to claim second place.
Holding very well in its sophomore outing, Warner Bros.-New Line’s R-rated comedy “We’re the Millers,” down just 33%, outgrossed “Kick-Ass 2″ handily, with an estimated $17.8 million. The holdover continues its steady march to nine figures, cuming nearly $70 million after only 12 days of release.
Tying with “Kick-Ass,” Sony’s “Elysium” fell a respectable 54% in its second frame, bringing the pic’s Stateside 10-day cume to nearly $56 million.
Total domestic B.O. stayed relatively flat with last year, when “The Expendables 2″ debuted with more than $28 million.
The year-over-year hold virtually ensures summer box office will hit record heights, with pundits estimating May-September totals to reach as high as $4.8 billion. The previous summer record of $4.4 billion was set in 2012.
Also bowing this weekend, Open Road’s Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs” disappointed with an estimated $6.7 million, while Relativity Media’s thriller “Paranoia” did even worse, grossing a paltry $3.5 million through Sunday.
The success of “The Butler” this weekend, in particular, comes only two years after “The Help” beat expectations, with just $20 million. That pic, however, outgrossed its opening by nearly nine-fold, a benchmark standard for any film this time of year. “The Butler” needs to continue to broaden its base dramatically to achieve a similar multiple.
At the weekend’s specialty box office, Sony Pictures Classics saw another healthy expansion for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which took in an estimated $2.4 million from 229 locations, lifting its domestic cume to $9.5 million. Pic expands Friday to at least 800 playdates.
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