“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Crosses $100 Million Mark at Box Office

Oprah Winfrey with (L-R) Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker and David OyelowoPhoto Credit: © 2013 Harpo Studios, Inc.
Oprah Winfrey with (L-R) Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo Photo Credit: © 2013 Harpo Studios, Inc.

Although it’s been in theaters for more than a month, Lee Daniels’ The Butler continued its strong box-office performance with a fourth-place finish that saw North American ticket sales cross the $100 million mark.  With a production budget of approximately $30 million, in limited release internationally and awards season still ahead, The Butler is in strong contention for becoming one of the most profitable movies of 2013.

The top movie this weekend was horror film Insidious: Chapter 2, which debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original.  Another newcomer, Relativity Media’s Robert De Niro-Michelle Pfeiffer crime caper The Family, opened in second place with $14.5 million. That bumped last week’s champ, the Vin Diesel starrer Riddick, to third.  Jennifer Aniston vehicle We’re The Millers rounded out the top five.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

 

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