Box Office: ‘The Butler’ Serves Up $8.3 Million Friday; ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Slows

The Butler Forest Whitaker

The Weinstein Co.’s latest Oscar hopeful “The Butler” is soaring this weekend, outpacing pre-weekend expectations with new three-day predictions pegging it around $27 million.

The biopic, based on the life of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen, took in about $8.3 million Friday and cost about as much to produce as it’s now expected to make this weekend. “Butler’s” in terrific position because thoughtful, adult-skewing fare like it tends to have the longest legs in these months leading up to awards season, with the potential to reopen in January if nods favor them.

Off to less auspicious beginnings, Universal’s “Kick Ass 2” earned $5.8 million Friday, likely its highest single day of the weekend, and is looking at a three-day total in the mid-teens.

This is only slightly less than its predecessor’s $19.8 million bow, so the sequel is not far off the mark, but instead of taking first as insiders expected, “Kick Ass 2” is now looking at third behind Warner Bros.’ “We’re the Millers” when the dust settles on Sunday.

Open Road bowed “Jobs,” biopic of the late co-founder of Apple, Friday to $2.6 million. Despite big buzz for the Ashton Kutcher-starrer, “Jobs” looks like it will only make just north of $7 million in three days.

And Relativity opened Liam Hemsworth vehicle “Paranoia” to just more than $1 million Friday. The film was financed and produced by IM Global, Reliance and Demarest films for $35 million.

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  1. THE HELP and now THE BUTLER (and, of course, Jackie Robinson as “42”) … “Civil Rights” films, and filmmakers that carefully avoid what started the movement — Emmitt Louis Till. What’s wrong with this picture is what’s missing from these movies: the nightmare horror of racial terrorism. Nuff said. Moving on.

  2. Bill Drake says:

    Appears to be an exceptional movie. However, I can’t pay good money to watch Hanoi Jane.

  3. Julienne says:

    I will not support “Race-Baiting” Oprah Winfrey, making-up stories of racism to get the empathy vote! I’m done with her.

    • Race baiting??? If someone is discriminated against, whether they are White, Black, Asian, Latino, etc., or a Man or Woman…they have a right to report it, without it being deemed baiting. What next, are you going to claim that a woman doesn’t have the right to report a rape…or sexual harassment??? Just so you know, along the lines of what happened to Oprah, there is a famous story in Beverly Hills, where a man walked into a high-end car dealership, and they refused to show him their cars because he looked like a homeless man. Immediately, they kicked him out of the show room. About an hour later, he returned with a well-dressed man armed with a checkbook–this was reportedly his butler. Promptly, the man who was thrown out of the dealership…bought every car in the place. After that, the dealership owner ordered its sales people not to make assumptions about a person’s appearance, and to treat everyone that enters their doors with respect–and it is that same lesson that Oprah was teaching. You’ll recall, when she was in France, she was locked out of a store several years ago, because the employees assumed that because she was Black, she was some lowlife thug. Yes, these things keep on happening, and if you had any real and close Black friends in your life, you would already know this to be a fact. BTW, this has happened to me, so I personally know it is true.

      • Julienne says:

        Yeah-ummmm stop changing the subject. Oprah “Made-up,” that story of racism…that’s called “Race-Baiting.” But, like most libs, you’ll turn a blind eye. That store was already closed, when Oprah demanded she be allowed to enter and buy that bag. Do your homework before you out yourself with ignorance.

    • Jack says:

      And by race baiting are you referring to the six year campaign that falsely claims the President is a Muslim born who was born in Kenya?

  4. Valley Girl says:

    I saw The Butler yesterday night and I plan to see it again tonight – yes, next day repeat.

    This is the movie to see this weekend and next weekend. It is worth a $50 movie ticket.

  5. George Valentin says:

    I saw THE BUTLER yesterday and I keep pondering in my mind the myriad of Oscar nominations this movie will receive.

  6. mt says:

    Butler: very good, thank you all involved.

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