served up a at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall movie-going season. Daniels' historical drama about a long-serving White House butler, starringand last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.
Three new releases failed to catch on. The teen fantasy "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," adapted from the popular young adult book series, opened tepidly in third place with $9.3 million on the weekend and $14 million since opening Wednesday. With franchise hopes, Sony Screen Gems has already started production on a sequel, again starring Lily Collins as a New York teenager who discovers she has mystical powers.
Edgar Wright's pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedyopened with $8.9 million for Focus Features. That was a better start than Wright's last film with Simon Pegg: 2007's "Hot Fuzz," which opened with $5.8 million. Playing in 1,549 theaters, "The World's End" did its business in less than half the theaters of "The Butler" or "Mortal Instruments."
Despite good reviews, Lionsgate's home-invasion horror flick "You're Next" opened weakly with $7.1 million. Some analysts had initially predicted it would top the weekend box office.
Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com, attributed the success ofparticularly to the marketing power of and a savvy choice of a release date with little competition.
"This is a film that you wouldn't want to open in June or July," said Dergarabedian. "The release date that the Weinstein Co. picked absolutely paid off for them."
In its third week of release, Warner Bros.' R-rated road trip comedystarring Jason Sudeikis and , continued to thrive. It took in $13.5 million over the weekend, bringing its overall total to $91.7 million.
Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" became his widest release ever. Sony Pictures Classics expanded TheWrap.com, the film is on track to becoming the highest-grossing indie flick of the year.drama of a ruined socialite starring to 1,283 theaters. It made $4.3 million over the weekend after earning more than $10 million in four weeks of limited release. According to
The 3D release of Universal's "Jurassic Park," which opened in North America in April, led the overseas market with $30 million over the weekend, most of that from its opening in China.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.
1. "Lee Daniels' The Butler," $17 million.
2. "We're the Millers," $13.5 million ($8.3 million international).
3. "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," $9.3 million.
4. "The World's End" $8.9 million.
5. "Planes," $8.6 million ($5.9 million international).
6. "Elysium," $7.1 million ($20 million international).
7. "You're Next," $7.1 million.
8. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," $5.2 million ($18.4 million international).
9. "Blue Jasmine," $4.3 million.
10. "Kick-Ass 2," $4.3 million ($7.3 million international).