The Butler opens at the top of box office: Estimates
LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) - The Butler, about an African American who watches civil rights history in the making as a White House butler, debuted at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed on Sunday.
Directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forrest Whitaker in the title role, the historical drama pulled in over US$25 million (S$31.7 million) over the weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
That performance eclipsed science-fiction thriller Elysium, last week's top earner, which fell to third place behind We're the Millers, a Jennifer Aniston comedy.
We're the Millers held the number two spot with a box office take of nearly US$17.8 million on its second weekend in theaters.