Lee Daniels' The Butler took in $2.70 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey was down 61 percent from Sunday. That was in line with the type of decreases experienced by most wide releases yesterday. The Butler has grossed a strong $27.34 million through four days of release. The film is running just 8 percent behind the $29.72 million four-day start of 42 earlier this year (which fell 69 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.23 million). The Butler will hope to hold up well going forward with aid from strong word of mouth, continued awards season buzz and from skewing towards older moviegoers.
Warner's We're the Millers took second place on Monday with $2.18 million. The R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis was down 59 percent from Sunday and down a very solid 38 percent from last Monday. We're the Millers topped the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $71.87 million through thirteen days of release. The film is running 6 percent ahead of the $67.78 million thirteen-day take of 2008's Tropic Thunder, which means We're the Millers won't have any problem surpassing the $100 million domestic mark.
Sony's Elysium placed in third with $1.56 million. The Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster fell 63 percent from Sunday and 54 percent from last Monday. Elysium has grossed a so-so $57.56 million in eleven days, which places the film an underwhelming 23 percent behind the $74.81 million ten-day start of 2009's District 9.
Disney's Planes landed in fourth place with $1.42 million. With more and more schools back in session, Planes fell 66 percent from Sunday and 43 percent from last Monday. Planes has grossed a solid $46.76 million in eleven days, placing it 60 percent ahead of the $29.16 million eleven-day take of last year's ParaNorman.
Kick-Ass 2 rounded out the day's top five with $1.38 million. Universal's modestly budgeted superhero sequel was down 58 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. However, in the bigger picture Kick-Ass 2 has grossed a disappointing $14.71 million in its first four days of release. That places Kick-Ass 2 31 percent behind the $21.39 million four-day start of 2010's Kick-Ass (which fell 69 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.56 million).
Open Road's Jobs and Relativity's Paranoia continued to be non-factors at the box office on Monday. Jobs was down 62 percent from Sunday to gross $0.663 million, while Paranoia fell 59 percent to take in $0.364 million. Jobs is running a bit below its modest expectations with a four-day start of $7.38 million, while Paranoia has grossed an extremely disappointing $3.89 million in its four days.