The Butler serves up North America box office success again
LOS ANGELES, California (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 weekend, industry figures showed on Monday.
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$16.5 million (S$21.1 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, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season scheduled for March 2 next year.
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 million in ticket sales.