"Lee Daniels' The Butler" beats three strong competitors to claim the first spot at the North American box office. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and their co-stars help Lee Daniels' movie about a White House butler nab an "A" CinemaScore and $24.6 million in its first run, strong enough to steal the throne from last week's champ "Elysium".
Awarded a "B+" CinemaScore, "Kick-Ass 2", meanwhile, opens to a disappointing $13.3 million in the fifth place. The result is certainly way below the first installment's $19.8 million debut. Also having a weak debut is "jOBS", a Steve Jobs biopic with Ashton Kutcher as the lead. It grabs $6.7 million at No. 7.
Despite results of "Kick-Ass 2" and "jOBS", the most awful debut during the competitive weekend belongs to "Paranoia". With such starry names as Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman, it only takes the 13th place with $3.5 million.
In its second week, Warner Bros.' comedy "We're the Millers" retains the second spot by taking in $17.9 million. Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium", meanwhile, falls to third with $13.7 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for August 16-18: