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OPRAH’S STILL GOT IT ‘The Butler’ Wins Weekend Box Office Anne Marie Fox

‘The Butler’ Wins Weekend Box Office

It was the weekend of Oprah. Her first film in 15 years, The Butler, won the weekend box office, bringing in a respectable $25 million in three days. The film’s main expected competition, Kick-Ass 2, didn’t live up to hype, bringing in just $13.6 million—$10 million short of projections. The other two openings, Jobs and Paranoia, also disappointed, bringing in $6.7 million and $3.5 million respectively. The Butler, meanwhile, had an average rating of A after the weekend, with filmgoers saying the No. 1 reason they went to see it was the subject matter, and Winfrey the second reason. The film has already drawn early comparisons to The Help, which brought in $26 million in its opening weekend in August 2011 and later went on to earn $169.7 million in the U.S. and Canada and gather a number of Oscar nominations.

August 19, 2013 7:24 AM