Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Tops the Field With $25 Million

Gregg Kilday
The Hollywood Reporter
Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Tops the Field With $25 Million

Riding a wave of largely positive reviews and enthusiastic audience response, Lee Daniels’ The Butler took the top spot at the North American box office, taking in $25 million as it bowed in 2933 theaters. The Weinstein Company release, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, easily out-performed the weekend’s three other new wide releases.

Universal’s Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 movie about would-be superheroes, checked in with $13.6 million. Jobs, the biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs distributed by Open Road, failed to create much of a stir, collecting $6.7 million, and the thriller Paranoia, from Relativity, lagged further behind with just $3.5 million.

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