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'The Butler' serves box-office success at No. 1

Oprah Winfrey appears in a scene from Lee Daniels' 2013 movie 'The Butler.' (The Weinstein Company)

August 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" served up a successful weekend at the box office.

The Weinstein Company biopic about a White House butler debuted with an estimated $25 million. It stars Forest Whitaker as the butler and Oprah Winfrey as his wife.

The comedy "We're The Millers" came in at No. 2 with $17.8 million.

Sci-fi thriller "Elysium" took the No. 3 spot with $13.6 million. The action movie starring Matt Damon cost about $115 million to make.

Action romp "Kick-Ass 2" came in at No. 4 with $13.56 million, and "Planes" rounded out the top five with $13.1 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

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

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

3. "Elysium," $13.6 million ($22 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).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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