'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Passes $30M Mark on Tuesday

on August 21, 2013 by Daniel Garris
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Lee Daniels' The Butler took in $3.05 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey increased 13 percent over Monday's performance. The Butler topped the $30 million mark yesterday and has grossed $30.39 million in five days. That places the film just 6 percent behind the $32.24 million five-day start of 42 earlier this year (which increased 13 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $2.52 million). With not much expected from this weekend's three new wide releases, The Butler will have a very strong chance of remaining in first place over the weekend.

Warner's We're the Millers held steady in second place with $2.46 million. The R-rated comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis was also up 13 percent over Monday. We're the Millers was down a noteworthy 41 percent from last Tuesday, but films in general were down sharply from last Tuesday as the summer box office season approaches closer and closer to its end. We're the Millers has grossed $74.33 million in two weeks, placing it 7 percent ahead of the $69.57 million two-week take of 2008's Tropic Thunder.

Sony's Elysium grossed $1.86 million to remain in third. The sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster was up 19 percent over Monday and down 53 percent from last Tuesday. Elysium has grossed $59.42 million in twelve days and is set to cross the $60 million mark today. The film is currently running 23 percent behind the $76.82 million twelve-day take of 2009's District 9.

Holding steady in fourth was Disney's Planes. The computer animated spin-off took in $1.60 million, which was up 13 percent over Monday and down 48 percent from last Tuesday. Planes has grossed $48.36 million in twelve days and is set to cross the $50 million mark on Thursday. The film continues to run 60 percent ahead of the pace of last year's ParaNorman.

Universal's Kick-Ass 2 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.56 million. The modestly budgeted superhero sequel increased a solid 13 percent over Monday. However, in the bigger picture Kick-Ass 2 has grossed a disappointing $16.27 million in five days. That places the film 29 percent behind the $22.88 million five-day start of 2010's Kick-Ass (which fell 5 percent on its first Tuesday to take in $1.49 million).

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