Box Office: “Butler” loses steam, “Jobs” and “Paranoia” flop

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” rode plenty of hype (Oprah helped) to a huge Friday. Then it fell off Saturday and settled into the lower end of opening weekend expectations.

$25 million or so, unless a LOT of people go after church on Sunday.

“Kick Ass 2” started weak and finished weaker — under $14 million for a sequel nobody asked for.  It’ll do even less business than the other August sequel nobody demanded, “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.”

“We’re the Millers” and “Elysium” both did well enough to finish ahead of that one.

“Jobs” did just below the low end of expectations — under $7.

“Paranoia” didn’t even crack the top 10 on its opening weekend. Forgotten, by Oscar time, hopefully, so it won’t weigh down Harrison Ford’s “42” nomination.

You look at Box Office Mojo’s daily chart and you see a lot of late summer disappointments. August is not when you release movies that you expect to blow up. “2 Guns,” “Planes,””Elysium,” all low earners released in August because their studios knew they’d fail.

That makes “The Wolverine” the last official hit ($100 million +) of the summer, with “Despicable Me 2” falling short of “Iron Man 3” ($407 million) as the summer’s biggest hit.

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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