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Welcome to the box office results ! Let's get started shall we:
Lee Daniels' The Butler
The Weinstein Company
starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and an impressive ensemble cast, remained atop the box office with $17 million in its second weekend, a strong 69% hold from its opening weekend as it brought its gross to $52.3 million. The independently-financed movie that took five years to get made and experienced issues when its title was put into question in a lawsuit looks to be another solid hit for The Weinstein Company who will likely ride the film's box office success all the way to Oscar night as they have with past films.
New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
For a third weekend in a row, the R-rated road comedy We're the Millers (New Line/WB), starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, retained second place, a milestone that's often unheard of even during the slower month of August. It brought in an additional $13.5 million this weekend, down just 25% last week, and it's well on its way to cross $100 million by Labor Day with $91 million grossed thus far.
Screen Gems (Sony)
After opening on Wednesday and grossing $4.7 million in its first two days, Screen Gems' adaptation of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, brought in $9.3 million over the weekend to take third place with $14.1 million grossed in its first five days.
Director Edgar Wright reunited with his long-time collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the third chapter in their "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy," The World's End, which was released into 1,548 theaters on Friday--more than either of the previous installments Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead. It grossed $8.9 million over the weekend or $5,620 per location, which was the best per-theater average in the Top 10, to take fourth place. That was a stronger opening than Hot Fuzz, which opened with $5.8 million in 825 theaters back in April 2007, although that also expanded into 400 more theaters in its second weekend. There's no word whether Focus plans on capitalizing on the film's buzz to expand over Labor Day weekend.
Walt Disney Pictures
Disney's Planes dropped to fifth place in its third weekend where it held well with $8.5 million added to its total take of $59.5 million.
TriStar Pictures (Sony)
20th Century Fox
Sony Pictures Classics
Open Road Films