Box Office: Will “The Butler” Kick Ass?


Last weekend, with “Elysium” and “Planes” rolling out, should have been the last big box office weekend of the summer of 2013.

Which is why Universal slipped the critically-derided sequel “Kick Ass 2” into this weekend. One last taste of comic book before cinema turns more serious in the fall, right?

Will the first “fall” films — “The Butler”, for instance — take the box office title away from this fanboy fave? Maybe.


Box Office Mojo calls it $24 million for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” edging “Kick Ass,” with “Jobs,” the other big bio-pic, earning under $10 and “Paranoia”, a weak thriller with weaker reviews, only managing $6.6.

Box office Guru is calling it $22 for “Kick Ass” and $20 for “The Butler.

“We’re the Millers,” from last weekend, has actually out-performed “Elysium” on some weekdays and may hold more audience than the sci-fi film this weekend. I’d say that was a long shot, though.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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