‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Wins Weekend Box Office with $25M

Oprah Winfrey, director Lee Daniels and company ruled the box office by a mile this weekend.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler grossed $25 million to win top spot, beating out fellow newcomers Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

We’re the Millers and Elysium grabbed the other top spots, grossing $16.8 million and $13.6 million, respectively. Kick-Ass 2 and Planes round out the top five.

The weekend’s other big newcomer, Paranoia, starring Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard, bombed with $3.5 million (that’s out of the top 10), despite playing in more theaters than Despicable Me 2, The Conjuring and The Smurfs 2.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a strong contender for the upcoming awards season, stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who served through eight administrations. The film, penned by Danny Strong (yes, Doyle from Gilmore Girls), is based on the real-life story of Eugene Allen, who worked at the White House for 34 years.

On deck for next week: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World’s End.

[Lead image courtesy of The Weinstein Company]