Lee Daniels' The Butler topped the daily box office on Monday with $1.85 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey has led the daily box office for ten of the past eleven days. The Butler was down 61 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 32 percent from last Monday, as the film continues to benefit from strong word of mouth, continued awards buzz and from skewing towards older moviegoers. The eleven-day total for The Butler stands at a strong $53.61 million. The Butler is running a slim 2 percent behind the $54.83 million eleven-day take of this year's 42 and is set to move ahead of the pace of 42 in the coming days.
Warner's We're the Millers placed in second with $1.44 million. The break-out comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis fell 58 percent from Sunday and just 34 percent from last Monday. We're the Millers continues to benefit from strong word of mouth and from the limited amount of comedies currently in wide release. With an impressive 20-day total of $92.73 million, We're the Millers is now only $7.27 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Disney's Planes landed in third on Monday with $0.92 million. The computer animated spin-off was down 64 percent from Sunday and down 35 percent from last Monday. Planes topped the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.52 million through 18 days of release. The film should continue to hold up well this coming weekend with aid from the Labor Day holiday.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones claimed fourth with $0.90 million. Sony's young adult adaptation starring Lily Collins trailed Planes by $15,248 for the day. The Mortal Instruments was down 63 percent from Sunday. The six-day total for The Mortal Instruments stands at a very soft $14.99 million. That places the film 24 percent ahead of the $12.09 million six-day start of this year's Beautiful Creatures and 24 percent behind the $19.81 million six-day take of 2010's Vampires Suck.
Fellow new releases The World's End and You're Next placed in fifth and seventh respectively with $0.81 million and $0.63 million. Focus' The World's End was down 63 percent from Sunday, while Lionsgate's You're Next fell 59 percent. The World's End has grossed $9.62 million in four days, which is in line with expectations. You're Next has managed just $7.65 million in its first four days, which is below expectations. However, it should be noted that You're Next carries the smaller production budget of the two films.