'The Butler' works its way to second box office win

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:56am EDT

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Aug 25 (Reuters) - Civil rights drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.

"The Butler," the story of an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight U.S. presidents, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character opposite Oprah Winfrey as his hard-drinking wife. "The Butler" also topped movie charts a week ago.

Jennifer Aniston comedy "We're the Millers" again came in second, with $13.5 million.

"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," based on a popular series of young adult novels, took the No. 3 slot, ringing up $9.3 million. The film stars Lily Collins as a teen girl who tries to protect the world from demons.

The Weinstein Company distributed "The Butler." Sony Corp's movie studio released "Mortal Instruments." Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, distributed "We're the Millers."

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Paulson545 wrote:
The liberal media will try to give this movie as much free publicity as possible. They love to pander to certain groups. They should have made the butler gay , liberals would have kept it in the news for months if not years….

Aug 25, 2013 1:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
They are trying as hard as they can to advertise the hell out of this movie. They used a traitor to our Country, a racist in Oprah, and the plot is about beating the race card to death. This movie has been dragging it’s feet but they keep trying to get it in your face hoping you’ll see it. I only see it for the garbage it is

Aug 25, 2013 1:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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