Monday Ticket Sales Emulates Weekend: ‘The Butler’ leads ‘Kick-Ass 2’, ‘Jobs’

Credits: Weinstein Company
Credits: Weinstein Company

Monday Ticket Sales Emulates Weekend: ‘The butler’ leads ‘Kick-Ass 2’, ‘Jobs’

Monday’s rankng of box office estimates kept to the same order that resulted over the past weekend.

“Kick-Ass 2” was less the unexpected comic book film than “2 Guns”, which led off August with a first rate lead at the box office on its opening weekend. In the continuing story of DIY superhero Kick Ass, there was an air of high anticipation. That was sucked out by the marketing touted and all-star acting allure of “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” over August 16 to 18 according to Box Office Mojo.

Lead actor Forrest Whitaker conjoins his Oscar noting skills within a super cast of Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, and a chockfull more of stars including perennial Jane Fonda.

The power house ensemble was able to stir up interest that boosts alongside the film’s story of a White House butler during a turbulent social era in America. “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” served with honor up some $27.3 million. That figure doesn’t near last year’s August box office breakthrough around “The Dark Knight Rises” debut weekend at $160. million. Outside of not being a proven blockbuster franchise, this year’s modern period drama withstands over August dramas of 2012. “Sparkle” with Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks only had opening ticket sales at $11.6 million and director David Frankel’s (“Devil Wears Prada”) comedy-drama “Hope Springs” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones met only $14.6 million.

Over August 16 to 18, accompanying box office openers didn’t fare in the highs amongst 2013s summer movies.

As sequels go, matching up an action-comedy’s personal best falls short for “Kick-Ass 2”. The return aggregates $13.3 million, whereas the original “Kick-Ass” had an estimated $19.8 million.

“Jobs”, the ambitious biopic on the Apple tech career of Steve Jobs, stars Ashton Kutcher and took in $6.7 million and the business thriller starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman came in 13th over the weekend with $3.8 million.

Comic book and science fiction blockbusters had a drop in July against family friendly movies. “2 Guns” returned top theater seatings by movie audiences for comics films. “Elysium” upkept movie-going for science fiction, and continues to do so over the past weekend coming in third with $13.6 million on its second week out.

Comedy “We’re the Millers” secured second place with an estimating $17.9 million.

(Box Office Mojo)

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