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The Butler tops US box office for second week as Mortal Instruments disappoints

The Butler

Story by Jack Foley

LEE Daniels’ The Butler has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend, beating competition from franchise hopeful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The historical saga, starring Forest Whitaker, took $17 million in its sophomore run, pushing its total to $52.3 million in the US and justifying the decision to bring the movie’s release forward to late summer.

The Oscar hopeful is inspired by the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen and features a cast of well known actors playing various US Presidents through the years.

Erik Lomis, president of distribution for The Weinstein Company, said: “What happens is that when you get a picture that gets great reaction, word of mouth spreads.”

He went on to note that in its second weekend, The Butler had spread its appeal to white audiences and younger viewers.

Also remaining ahead of the weekend’s new releases was We’re The Millers the R-rated comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, that follows a fake family of drug smugglers.

The film grossed $13.5 million to place second.

That meant Mortal Instruments: City of Bones could only land third spot, after grossing an estimated $9.3 million for the three-day weekend and $14 million for the five days since opening on Wednesday.

Based on Cassandra Clare’s popular supernatural young-adult book series, Mortal Instruments is the latest YA property to disappoint and it remains to be seen whether the sequel will now be greenlit.

In fourth spot was Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, the final part of the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost starring Cornetto trilogy. The film received a massive boost from US fan support and took in $8.9 million despite opening in fewer cinemas than a lot of the larger releases. Indeed, the film nabbed the highest location average of any title in the top 10 ($5,773) thanks to those fans.

The only other new release, horror movie You’re Next, missed out on the top five with $7.1 million. It took sixth spot.

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