Lee Daniels’ The Butler Leads Busy Box Office Weekend

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August 18, 2013 | 6:32pm EST

Director Lee Daniels has served up a big hit at the box office with The Butler – the drama has debuted at number one with a $25 million opening weekend.
The film, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, has beaten the Kick-Ass sequel to the top spot by almost $12 million, according to studio estimates.
Other new releases, Jobs and Paranoia, lag behind with $6.7 million and $3.5 million, respectively.
Paranoia, which features Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, has actually recorded the year’s top opening flop so far, yielding a woeful $1,423 per-theater average.
The film is the worst wide opening weekend of Ford’s career.