The Butler,”top billed by Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker debuted first place in the box office this weekend with $24 million ticket sales both in the U.S. and Canada.
The Butler is a true to life civil rights drama directed by Lee Daniels, which is inspired from the life of African-American Eugene Allen, who served as butler to eight U.S. presidents in the White House. The film received positive reviews from critics and it also marked Oprah’s first acting role and big screen appearance in 15 years. Whitetaker plays as the butler while Oprah takes the role of his smoker and hard drinker wife. The film was budgeted at a modest cost of $25 million.
Finishing in 2nd spot was Jennifer Aniston’s We’re the Millers with $17.8 million in sales. Matt Damon’s Elysium, which is last week’s leader, ended on the 3rd place with $13.6 million. Kick-Ass 2, ranked 4th with $13.6 million.
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