Butler tops North America box office for second week
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US civil rights epic Lee Daniels' The Butler, which is generating serious Oscar buzz, topped the North American box office for a second straight week, industry estimates showed on Sunday.
The drama, based on the real-life story of an African American butler who witnessed decades of US history from within the White House walls, earned US$17 million (S$21.7 million), industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Critics have hailed the performances of Forest Whitaker in the title role and Oprah Winfrey as his wife, giving the actors a leg up in the early race to the Academy Awards.
We're the Millers, a dark comedy about pot-smuggling starring Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, moved up from third to second place with US$13.5 million in ticket sales.