411's Box Office Report: The Butler Takes #1, Kick-Ass 2 Falters
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.18.2013
Historical drama wins the weekend...
Lee Daniels' The Butler was the unexpected winner at the box office this weekend. The drama about the man who served several presidents as the White House's butler claimed #1 with $25 million dollars. The film had the highest per-theater average in the top 10 with $8,527 from 2,933 theaters; it performed right about at what industry expectations were. The Weinstein Company is likely quite happy with the film's critical reaction and A CinemaScore, both of which will help its word-of-mouth and given it a lengthy run in the top 10. The film had a budget of $30 million.
Coming in at #2 for the second weekend in a row was We're the Millers. The R-rated comedy took in $17.8 million to hold steady from last weekend in the ranking, which equates to a very decent 33% drop for a comedy film. The movie has already defied box office expectations, with $69.5 million in two weeks from a budget of just $37 million.
Neill Blomkamp's Elysium fell two spots from the top spot last weekend, finishing at #3 with $13.6 million. The Matt Damon-led film had a fairly average second-weekend drop for a sci-fi film, falling 54%. To date the film has grossed $55.9 million domestically and $93.6 million worldwide; the budget was $115 million.
Coming in disappointingly at #4 was Kick-Ass 2, which brought in $13.6 million. The sequel to the 2010 action-comedy was hoped to win the weekend but audiences were soft on it and the lackluster reviews likely hurt things. The number is below the $19.8 million that the first film did, which in itself was a disappointment, and averaged just $4,615 from 2,940 theaters. It added another $6.3 million overseas for a total of $19.9 million, and despite a B+ CinemaScore the film will likely have to rely on international grosses (much like the first one) to make back its $28 million budget.
Disney's Planes was down two spots to #5 with $13.1 million, which equates to a slightly-above average 41% drop for an animated family film. The movie has grossed a total of $45.1 million domestically in two weeks and $52.4 million worldwide from a budget of $50 million.
Coming in at #6 was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, also down two from last weekend. The teen fantasy sequel brought in $8.4 million; the second-weekend drop was a very decent 42% considering the genre. The film has $38.9 million domestically and $48.7 million worldwide. The budget was $90 million.
Opening at #7 was the Ashton Kutcher-starring Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. The film was unable to capitalize on a last-minute marketing rush and only brought in $6.7 million, an average of $2,814 from the 2,381 theaters it opened in. The film got a lukewarm reaction from critics, which is a critical thing for dramatic biopics. The B- CinemaScore means word of mouth will probably be weak; whether it will make back its $12 million budget during its theatrical run remains to be seen.
2 Guns, slipped three spots from last weekend with a #8 finish. The Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action-comedy scored $5.6 million in its third week. The movie has grossed $59.2 million from a budget of $61 million.
The Smurfs 2 was also down three, finishing at #9 with $4.6 million. The CGI/live-action hybrid has totalled $56.9 million domestically and $166.9 million worldwide from a budget of $105 million.
Finishing out the top ten was The Wolverine, down three from last weekend with $4.4 million. The X-Men franchise film has now brought in $120.5 million domestically and $335.3 million worldwide; while the film is lagging behind X-Men: First Class domestically it has surpassed it internationally. The budget was $120 million.
The weekend box office tally was $136.3 million, down 2% from last year's $139.5 million that was led by The Expendables 2's opening weekend of $28.6 million.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $25 million ($25 million total)
2. We're the Millers - $17.8 million ($69.5 million total)
3. Elysium - $13.6 million ($55.9 million total)
4. Kick-Ass 2 - $13.6 million ($13.6 million total)
5. Planes - $13.1 million ($45.1 million total)
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - $8.4 million ($38.9 million total)
7. Jobs - $6.7 million ($6.7 million total)
8. 2 Guns - $5.6 million ($59.2 million total)
9. The Smurfs 2 - $4.6 million ($56.9 million total)
10. The Wolverine - $4.4 million ($120.5 million total)