'Kick-Ass 2' Is No Match For 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' At The Weekend Box Office
Lee Daniels' civil rights chronicle The Butler easily topped the weekend box office, blowing away superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2 and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. The film pulled in $25 million, nearly twice that of the Kick-Ass sequel, which amassed a dismal $13.5 mil for a fourth-place finish behind last week's debuts We're the Millers and Elysium, which added $17.7 million and $13.6 million to their 10-day totals, respectively.
Disney's Planes rounded out the top five with $13.1 million in its second week of release.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters finished in sixth with $8.3 million; while "Jobs" opened to a weak $6.7 million, perhaps settling the Apple vs PC debate once and for all.
2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, both in their third week of release, finished 8th and 9th, pulling in $5.5 mil and $4.6 mil, respectively; while The Wolverine finally saw green after four weeks with $4.4 million in ticket sales to see a profit of $458,000 on its $120 million budget.
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Liam Hemsworth failed to pull garner any interest in this week's fourth wide-release, dramatic thriller Paranoia, which only landed $3.5 million in ticket sales. It was the worst ever opening for a film starring Ford.
Opening this week (Aug. 23): The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World's End, You're Next, and The Grandmaster