Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” was the number 1 movie of the week with $25 million total. That’s a major blow out success for Harvey Weinstein, Daniels, and the whole “Butler” team. It also sets the movie on the road to Oscars and other awards galore.
“The Butler” did about as well as “The Help” two years ago, released the same week. “The Help” took in $26 million in its opening was number 2 that week in August 2011. The major difference: “The Help” had been a bestselling book with legions of fans. “The Butler” is an original story with no such built in audience. It will be interesting to see its momentum going forward.
Meanwhile, “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple wunderkind was a total bust with $6 million for the weekend. That’s a total disaster considering the cult of Jobs and Apple products. But reviews, including mine, were quite negative. Ashton Kutcher is no draw at the box office.