Weekend Box Office: “Butler” wins a weak one, “You’re Next” flops

“The Butler” probably won’t stick around long enough to pass “We’re the Millers” as a late August surprise at the box office. But it did well enough to win its second weekend in a row — over $17 million.

“Millers” came in second.

“The Mortal Instruments” managed a measly $9million+, $14 since Wednesday.

“The World’s End” did a middling $8-9 million.

“You’re Next” barely over $7 million.

“Blue Jasmine,” Woody Allen’s latest, added over a thousand screens to open wide — finally. They may have waited a week or two too long to roll this one out. The buzz about it was a late July/early August phenomenon. The per screen average is well under $4,000, and the take — now at $14 million — still won’t clear $20 million, even though it cracked the top ten this weekend.

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end of the summer cinema season, with this summer setting a new record — “Iron Man 3” and “Despicable Me 2” and “Man of Steel” led the way,  “The Heat” and “The Conjuring” and “Now You See Me” stand out as the surprise hits. “The Lone Ranger” and “RIPD” were the biggest flops.

So far.

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