‘The Butler’ Has Done It Again: Lee Daniels’ Oscar Hopeful Wins Weekend Box Office with $17M

Lee Daniels The Butler is a box office champion for the second week in a row.

The historical drama and much buzzed about Oscar hopeful took in some $17 million at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

We’re the Millers and box office newcomer The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones round out the top three, with $13.5 million and $9.3 million in ticket sales, respectively.

For its opening weekend, The World’s End fared strong, playing in half the theaters as The Butler. The British sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg and Martin Freeman grossed $8.9 million to end in fourth place.

Horror flick You’re Next finished in seventh place with $7.5 million in its first weekend.

With The Butler’s most recent earnings, the film has passed the $50 million mark and has officially become Daniels’ most successful film in North America. His 2009 film Precious grossed a domestic total of $47.6 million, while last year’s The Paperboy took in $693,286 domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

On deck for next week: One Direction: This is Us and Selena Gomez’s action film Getaway.

[Lead image courtesy of The Weinstein Company]