Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“The Butler” in at Number 1, Beats “Kick Ass,” Explodes on Twitter (Reba McEntire Loved It)


Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” opened tonight and exploded at the box office and on Twitter. The Forest Whitaker-Oprah Winfrey all star tale will be number 1 for the weekend coming in at between $27-$30 million. It’s possible it may go higher based on reaction on Twitter.

Starting around 9:30pm Friday night thousands of people who saw the early shows in their neighborhoods starting Tweeting about much how they loved the movie. Country superstar Reba McEntire was one of them. (She lives in Nashville.)



There are also several Tweets from people who say the audience applauded at the end of the film. That’s a good sign that tomorrow’s shows are going to be HUGE. The irony is that “Kiss Ass 2” was supposed to beat “The Butler.” But it’s winding up at number 2.

Stay tuned and keep refreshing… I told you about “The Butler” a couple of weeks ago. Mark this down on August 16th: “The Butler” will score Oscar nods for Daniels, screenwriter Danny Strong, Whitaker, Winfrey, and David Oyelowo at least, as well as Best Picture.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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