Lee Daniels’ The Butler topped the weekend box office, raking in US $25 million.
The movie, based on a true story, stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines. The character is loosely based on Eugene Allen, who served as a butler in the White House for 34 years.
Oprah Winfrey also stars in the movie and director Daniels – he also helmed Precious – roped in a slew of Hollywood stars to play eight presidents and other roles. Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack and Mariah Carey all appear in the movie.
We’re The Millers, a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, was No. 2 at the weekend box office, taking in $17.8 million, according to Hollywood-tracking website BoxOfficeMojo.com.
We’re the Millers has already earned over $69 million, the website reported, and is well on the way to $100 million.
Elysium, the latest sci-fi thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, was in third place with $13.6 million.
In fourth place was the superhero comedy Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass. It opened with $13.57 million, much below the first movie’s $19.8 million debut.
Jobs, the biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, bombed, taking in $6.7 million.
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