Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Box Office: “The Butler” Stays at Number 1, Crosses $52Mil Line

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UPDATE SUNDAY 10AM:”The Butler” did waaay better than expected and crossed the $52 million line for the weekend. Keep refreshing for updates…

EARLIER (SAT AFTERNOON): It’s particularly meaningful that “The Butler” remains at number 1 this weekend, with the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King march. Lee Daniels’ movie made $4.7 million last night and could have a total of $50 million by Sunday night. Word of mouth is stronger than ever.

Elsewhere, things aren’t so great. “Elysium” now has $100 million worldwide. But it’s dropping quickly. It may have cost $150 million plus. “The Mortal Instruments,” also from Sony, finished in fourth place on Friday. It’s already over. “Kick Ass 2,” without Jim Carrey helping with publicity, was number 9 last night on its second Friday.

Some good news: Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” expanded to 1,237 theaters– the widest release ever for an Allen film. It made over $1 million last night and finished in 10th place.

Roger Friedman
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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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