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‘The Butler’ Cleans Up With Estimated $27 Million Weekend

It's kind of crazy that Variety has the B.O. numbers already.

According to early ticket sales, “The Butler” was well on track for $9.5 million Friday, nearly doubling The Weinstein Company’s expectations for the film.

“It’s playing much better than we thought it would,” one TWC insider said.

Winfrey’s last No. 1 film was the 1986 Oscar-nominated drama “The Color Purple.”

“The Butler,” based on the true story of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen, co-stars Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and cost nearly $28 million to produce.

Universal’s similarly low-budget “Kick-Ass 2″ saw its fanboy frenzy wane late Friday, lowering weekend estimates to $16 million, down 20% from the original film’s debut of $19.8 million.

Starring Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey, “Kick-Ass 2″ earned $1.3 million Thursday night but the sequel is riding a not-so-super 28% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.

Also bowing wide this weekend, Open Road’s Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs” and Relativity Media’s thriller “Paranoia.” Both films should debut to mid seven-figures.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/th...es-1200579886/
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Extremely crazy and unlikely since it's only Saturday morning.
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Hopefully it does well. Very good movie.
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The trailers were terrible but apparently the movie is decent so that's good.
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I think it looks pretty good.
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I've always wondered.

Is Arpeggi's name based off of the sound of saying the three letters...RPG? Or what?
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I've always wondered.

Is Arpeggi's name based off of the sound of saying the three letters...RPG? Or what?
I assume it's after the title of a Radiohead song.
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Was really, really hoping someone would come up with a "Kick Ass Ass Kicked" or variation for the box office thread headline this week.
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The Butler did it.
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Re: ‘The Butler’ Cleans Up With Estimated $27 Million Weekend

Kick-Ass 2 came in fourth for the weekend? Ouch. Guess that's the last we'll see of this franchise until Hollywood decides to remake the first one in ten years.

Honestly, it was a decent follow-up considering most people seemed to hate the source comic. Screw the critics -- no way it deserved a mere 27% percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The 7.5 on IMDb is a better indication of the quality of the movie.
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Kick-Ass 2 came in fourth for the weekend? Ouch. Guess that's the last we'll see of this franchise until Hollywood decides to remake the first one in ten years.

Honestly, it was a decent follow-up considering most people seemed to hate the source comic. Screw the critics -- no way it deserved a mere 27% percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The 7.5 on IMDb is a better indication of the quality of the movie.
No. Wrong on all points.
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The Butler did it.
That's very funny, but not everyone will get it. Once upon a time they would have.
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Re: ‘The Butler’ Cleans Up With Estimated $27 Million Weekend

Weeekend Estimates

1 Lee Daniels' The Butler $25,010,000 -- 2,933 -- $8,527 $25,010,000 1 Weinstein Company
2 We're the Millers $17,780,000 -33% 3,325 65 $5,347 $69,513,485 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
3 Elysium $13,600,000 -54% 3,284 0 $4,141 $55,914,306 2 Sony / TriStar
4 Kick-Ass 2 $13,568,000 -- 2,940 -- $4,615 $13,568,000 1 Universal
5 Planes $13,141,000 -41% 3,716 14 $3,536 $45,090,868 2 Disney
6 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8,375,000 -42% 3,080 49 $2,719 $38,903,658 2 Fox
7 Jobs $6,700,000 -- 2,381 -- $2,814 $6,700,000 1 Open Road
8 2 Guns $5,572,000 -50% 2,471 -557 $2,255 $59,221,345 3 Universal
9 The Smurfs 2 $4,600,000 -51% 2,349 -1518 $1,958 $56,912,189 3 Sony / Columbia
10 The Wolverine $4,425,000 -45% 2,058 -809 $2,150 $120,458,156 4 Fox

Good hold for We're the Millers. That makes me happy because I really loved it.
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Kick-Ass 2 came in fourth for the weekend? Ouch. Guess that's the last we'll see of this franchise until Hollywood decides to remake the first one in ten years.
I'm a little surprised the opening weekend was that poor, even with the poor critic reviews. Even though the first movie only made $48 million domestically, it seemed like there was enough people that enjoyed it for this sequel to open bigger.

Luckily the budget for the movie was only $28 million, slightly less then the first movie, so it wont exactly be a bomb.
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Luckily the budget for the movie was only $28 million, slightly less then the first movie, so it wont exactly be a bomb.
really? even with JC. color me shocked.
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Paranoia did $3.5 Million in 13th place. 4% on the tomatometer. Has Harrison Ford ever done anything like that before?
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I'm a little surprised the opening weekend was that poor, even with the poor critic reviews. Even though the first movie only made $48 million domestically, it seemed like there was enough people that enjoyed it for this sequel to open bigger.

Luckily the budget for the movie was only $28 million, slightly less then the first movie, so it wont exactly be a bomb.
I really enjoyed the first one and expect to pick the sequel up on Blu-ray. It received very little advertising from what I could tell.
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I saw Kick Ass 2 advertised a hell of a lot. Quite a bit more than the 1st ever got, from what I remember.
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Were Maryland Theatergoers Forced To Watch ‘The Butler’ In Front Of Armed Guards?

It’s a situation that will soon inspire a million hacky late-night jokes: “I know I said Lee Daniels’ The Butler was as pleasurable as a hole in the head, but this is ridiculous.” Tiffany, who tweets as @MsFlowersTweets, went to see The Butler last night in Silver Springs, Maryland. Upon arriving at the Regal Cinemas theater, she and everyone else in the nearly all-back audience were allegedly greeted by armed guards watching them as they watched Oprah.

Oh boy. Here’s the full string of tweets.



Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/201...#ixzz2cLyjccBG
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Wonder how badly Millar will be trying to spin KA2 as a blockbuster hit.

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