"The Butler" Sweeps Audiences Away! Other New Releases Fail!

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"Lee Daniels' The Butler" easily won the box-office weekend!

Starring Forest Whitaker in the title role and Oprah Winfrey as the butler's wife, "The Butler" earned $25 million for the top spot.  

But the buzzy "Kick-Ass 2" failed to kick ass the competition.

Billed as the last summer blockbuster, the Universal sequel starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz with Jim Carrey opened at No. 4 with only $13.56 million.  

Other new releases didn't do as well either.  Open Road Films' "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder only managed $6.7 million for the No. 7 spot.

But Relativity's "Paranoia" suffered more!  The thriller starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth didn't even make it to the Top 10.  It debuted at the Top 12 spot.  Awww.  

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Elysium," fell to No. 3 with $13.6 million.  Doing much better is Warner Brothers' "We're the Millers" starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.  The R-rated raunchy comedy held on to the No. 2 sopt with $17.78 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of Aug. 16th:  

1. "Lee Daniels' The Butler," $25 million.

2. "We're the Millers," $17.78 million ($10.6 million international).

3. "Elysium," $13.6 million ($23.4 million international).

4. "Kick-Ass 2," $13.56 million ($6.3 million international).

5. "Planes," $13.14 million ($7.3 million international).

6. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," $8.37 million ($21.8 million international).

7. "Jobs," $6.7 million.

8. "2 Guns," $5.57 million ($2.1 million international).

9. "The Smurfs 2," $4.6 million ($20 million international).

10. "The Wolverine," $4.42 million ($10.8 million international).



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Manny the Movie Guy is a multi-Emmy award-winning film critic who has always had a passion for movies. His love of film criticism started while working for his school newspaper at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Manny was offered a full-scholarship to complete his Post-Baccalaureate degree in Film at the School…

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