Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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Based on a Washington Post article written by Wil Haygood, titled "A Butler Well Served by This Election", this bio-drama tells the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years, 8 presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made.
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August 19th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" earned $25,010,000, taking top honors at the box office during the weekend of Friday, August 16. The drama follows decades of significant moments and social upheaval, all from the perspective of a man who works in the White House. Cecil Gaines is a butler, working closely with eight different United States Presidents. As he watches the country change, Cecil comes to important realizations about race and equality. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" has a PG-13 rating for violence, disturbing images, language, mature content, thematic elements, and smoking.

"Kick-Ass 2" brought in $13,568,000 during its debut weekend in theaters, landing in fourth place. Dave Lizewski may have decided to leave his crime-fighting days behind him, but he realizes that he's made an impact on his community. When he decides to join up with a brigade of enthused vigilantes, Dave runs into a newly created super villain with a thirst for vengeance and mayhem. The action-packed comedy has an R rating for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and mature content, and brief nudity.

"Jobs" saw opening weekend profits of $6,700,000. The biopic follows Steve Jobs from his early days as an uninspired and bored college drop-out to his phenomenal success as a tech visionary. The unconventional path to success is not an easy one, and Jobs sometimes risks alienating those around him. But his contributions to the world are unmistakable. "Jobs" has a PG-13 rating for drug content and brief strong language.

Continuing Films

"We're the Millers" earned $17,780,000, remaining in second place. Overall, the comedy has brought in over $69 million. Small-time drug-dealer David has a big job and a big problem. He wants to get across the border to Mexico without arousing suspicion. His solution is to become the perfect family man, but first he needs the perfect family. A ragtag group agrees to pose as David's wife and kids. The movie has an R rating for crude content, language, drug material, and brief graphic nudity.

"Elysium" dropped to third place, with earnings of $13,600,000. In the future, the human race has become more polarized than ever. The very wealthy live in a space station with every luxury and convenience known to man, while the rest of humanity struggles to survive on a dying planet. Pushed to his limits, Max decides to infiltrate the space station. The film has seen profits of $55 million. "Elysium" has an R rating for strong, bloody violence and language.

"Planes" has earned more than $45 million in domestic box office proceeds so far. This weekend, the film saw profits of $13,141,000. A plane with a fear of heights will not get very far in the world. This is the problem that Dusty has to face every day. The little crop-duster decides to confront his fear of heights straight on and become a racer, with the grudging help of an older and wiser plane. Mild action and rude humor contribute to a PG rating.

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" earned $8,375,000. Overall, the film has brought in more than $38 million. With his refuge and training grounds in grave danger, Percy Jackson gathers his friends and heads out on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. The problem is that they must voyage to the fearsome Sea of Monsters, but Percy knows how to seek help from some important and powerful allies. The movie has a PG rating for fantasy action violence, scary images, and mild language.

Movies to DVD

"Epic" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, August 20. When teenage M.K. goes to stay with her eccentric father, she learns about the existence of Leafmen, tiny soldiers who play an important role in protecting the planet. M.K. rolls her eyes at this, but after she shrinks down and joins forces with the Leafmen, she must gather all her courage. The family-friendly animated flick has a PG rating mild action, scary images, and brief rude language.

"Rapture-Palooza" stars Craig Robinson as the Anti-Christ. With the end times raining down upon the earth, the Anti-Christ becomes interested in Lindsey, a young woman who was left behind. Lindsey decides to overthrow the Anti-Christ, but this proves more difficult than she anticipated. Thankfully, Lindsey still has some survivors on her side. The R rating is due to crude references, language, and drug use.

In "Scary Movie 5," Jody and Dan reluctantly agree to take in children who were left orphaned by a bizarre accident. Soon, their home becomes the center of paranormal activity. The family searches for a way to ward off the spirits and break the curse, but only end up trying one hilariously incompetent cure after another. The PG-13 rating is due to crude and mature content, language, partial nudity, drug material, gore, and comic violence.