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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oprah's 'Butler' cleans up with $25 million at box office

Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic made its debut in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the weekend's three other major new releases, more
Wall Street Journal ( 8/18/2013 12:01:48 PM -08:00 )

'Butler' cleans up on busy weekend at box office
The butler did it. Despite a clutch of new films in theaters this weekend, Lee Daniels' The Butler topped them all, serving up $25 million, according to studio estimates from Hollywood.com. The victory came as a surprise to some analysts, who expected more
Detroit Free Press ( 8/18/2013 12:01:05 PM -08:00 )

'The Butler' Leads Film Sales With $25 Million for Weinstein (1)
“Lee Daniels' The Butler,” the Weinstein Co. film about an African-American who served in the White House under eight presidents, led the weekend box office at U.S. and Canadian theaters with sales of $25 million. “Kick-Ass 2,” a Universal Pictures film more
Businessweek ( 8/18/2013 11:32:32 AM -08:00 )

A Strong Start for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
Oprah Winfrey served up a surprise No. 1 finish for “Lee Daniels' The Butler” at the weekend box office, while the superhero sequel “Kick-Ass 2” tripped on its cape. “The Butler” (the Weinstein Company) took in about $25 million in North American theaters, more
New York Times (blog) ( 8/18/2013 11:26:47 AM -08:00 )

'The Butler' scores at box office
“Lee Daniels' The Butler” is serving up success at the box office. Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic debuted in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. more
Politico ( 8/18/2013 11:23:43 AM -08:00 )

UPDATE 1-Oprah's 'Butler' cleans up with $25 million at box office
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:32pm IST. By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud. LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Aug 18 (Reuters) - "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, surpassed expectations and easily won the more
Reuters ( 8/18/2013 11:08:19 AM -08:00 )

The Butler beats Kick-Ass 2, Jobs at the weekend box-office
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is serving up success at the box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Weinstein Co. biopic about a White House butler debuted in the top spot with $25 million. But the weekend's three other new more
Vancouver Sun ( 8/18/2013 11:07:15 AM -08:00 )

Box Office: The Butler Serves Kick-Ass 2, Debuts at No. 1
Box Office: The Butler Serves Kick-Ass 2, Debuts at No. 1The Butler cleaned up at this weekend's box office. Lee Daniels' drama, which centers on the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen who served eight presidents during his term, nabbed $25 million in its debut. NEWS: What you should know about Lee more
E! Online ( 8/18/2013 10:34:02 AM -08:00 )

Weekend Box Office: 'The Butler' Opens To $25m, 'Kick-Ass 2', 'Jobs', And
It was very nearly an everybody loses weekend at the box office, as three out of the four new releases under-performed or outright bombed. The out-and-out winner of the weekend is Lee Daniels' The Butler. The Weinstein Company decades-spanning Civil more
Forbes ( 8/18/2013 10:33:32 AM -08:00 )

Oprah's 'Butler' cleans up with $25 million at movie box office
First posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 01:26 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013 01:35 PM EDT. the butler Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in 'The Butler' (Handout). Tweet. Change text size for the story; Print this story. Report an error more
Toronto Sun ( 8/18/2013 10:28:44 AM -08:00 )

Box office report: 'The Butler' cleans up with $25 million, wipes the floor with 'Kick
This weekend at the box office, a superhero comedy, a Steve Jobs biopic, and a Harrison Ford thriller all got served by a butler. Lee Daniels' The Butler, to be exact. The Weinstein Company's awards-bait drama, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey more
Entertainment Weekly ( 8/18/2013 10:07:25 AM -08:00 )

Box Office: 'Kick Ass 2' gets served by weekend champ 'The Butler' ($25M)
NOT A WEEK after his popular A1 story on a White House butler ran in 2008, Wil Haygood swung by my desk. We often talk film, so it especially meant something when he shared the news: “A top Sony executive,” he confided, “wants to make this.” Haygood more
Washington Post (blog) ( 8/18/2013 9:47:01 AM -08:00 )

Oprah helps make 'The Butler' No. 1, while 'Kick-Ass 2' disappoints
Never underestimate the power of Oprah. Heading into the weekend, prerelease audience surveys suggested that "The Butler" -- the first movie the media mogul has appeared in in 15 years -- would be in a tight race with "Kick-Ass 2" for No. 1. Instead, Lee more
Los Angeles Times ( 8/18/2013 8:39:56 AM -08:00 )

Stacey Dash & Oprah: Actress Slams Oprah Over Her Words On Trayvon Martin
Stacey Dash has long been vocal with her political opinions. The 46-year-old actress endorsed GOP candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, saying Romney was "the only choice for your future." In the months since, Dash has continued to more
Huffington Post ( 8/18/2013 6:02:47 AM -08:00 )

Weekend Report: 'Kick-Ass' Gets Butt Kicked by 'Butler'
Thanks to its strong appeal among neglected adult audiences, Lee Daniels' The Butler easily took first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass 2 opened well below its predecessor, while Jobs and Paranoia both bombed. The Top 12 earned more
Box Office Mojo ( 8/18/2013 12:07:31 PM -08:00 )

The Butler does what no one thought it really should have done at box office
The Butler does what no one thought it really should have done at box officeHollywood, CA – Most prognosticators expected a battle for first place this weekend with 'Kick Ass 2- and 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' fighting it out for top spot. As it turns out, it wasn't a fight at all and the butler movie won by a landslide, taking in $25 million to more
Scrape TV ( 8/18/2013 12:00:22 PM -08:00 )

'The Butler' answers the call as it tops the field
Step aside Lee Daniels as the star power of Oprah Winfrey strikes again. But it was "Lee Daniels' The Butler" that wins the box office prize. It stars Oprah, but the lead is Forest Whitaker. The choices were aplenty going in to the weekend and packed even more
DigitalJournal.com ( 8/18/2013 11:53:11 AM -08:00 )

BO Roundup, August 16-18: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Cleans Up
Oprah Winfrey can turn an obscure novel into a bestseller just by slapping a sticker on it. So it makes sense that her first film appearance in some fifteen years helped propel Lee Daniels' The Butler to the number one spot at the domestic box office. Kick-Ass 2 more
I Am Rogue.com ( 8/18/2013 11:52:31 AM -08:00 )

BOX OFFICE: Universal "Disappointed" With KICK-ASS 2's $13.6 Million Opening
Despite analysts predicting that Kick-Ass 2 would take the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, it has in fact earned only $13.6 million (meaning it is currently tied for third place with last week's Elysium). Universal were expecting better. more
Comic Book Movie ( 8/18/2013 11:31:32 AM -08:00 )

Was Kick-Ass 2 Taken Down by…The Butler?
What originally looked like Kick-Ass 2's weekend to lose is now projected to be Lee Daniel's The Butler by a landslide. The historical drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey is now estimated to finished the weekend with at least $24 million in ticket more
Wall St. Cheat Sheet ( 8/18/2013 11:23:21 AM -08:00 )