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The Butler tops US box office ahead of Kick-Ass 2

The Butler

Story by Jack Foley

LEE Daniels’ The Butler has topped the US box office with an estimated $25 million, beating Kick-Ass 2 and top-earning comedy holdover We’re The Millers.

The historical film, which follows a White House butler through several administrations, stars Forest Whitaker in the lead role and Oprah Winfrey, as well as a host of well known actors playing US Presidents.

The film is inspired by the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen.

TWC president of theatrical distribution Erik Lomis said he was delighted with the film’s performance, saying: “We’re absolutely thrilled. We were extremely hot on Friday and never slowed down.”

Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 movie about would-be superheroes starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor Johnson (as well as Jim Carrey), debuted in in third place with $13.6 million, well below the $19.8m taken by its predecessor.

Occupying second spot, therefore, was holdover comedy We’re The Millers, which took a massive $17.8 million in its second weekend.

The comedy, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, follows a drug-dealing psuedo-family as they attempt to bring back drugs from Mexico in a bid to ease their debt, and stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. It opens in UK cinemas next weekend.

Sci-fi tale Elysium, also playing its second weekend, scored $13.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $55.9 million and effectively tying for third spot with Kick-Ass 2.

And Disney’s animated Planes rounded out the top five, grossing $13.1 million for the weekend, to bring its US total to $45.1 million.

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