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Weekend B.O. Aug. 23-25 (‘The Butler’ Does It Again And A Question)

Weekend B.O. Aug. 23-25 (‘The Butler’ Does It Again And A Question)

Once again Lee Daniels’
The Butler
was the No.1 film this weekend with $17 million and a total-to-date B.O. gross of over $52
and, once again, I predicted it. Can’t say I’m surprised considering
that every single person I’ve talked to so far who has seen the film has told
me that the audience was emotional and crying by the end of it.

And with only one limited release from Focus Features scheduled to open this Friday,
The Butler is almost certain to be No.1 for the third weekend in a row next week.

That says to me that the film has incredible
word-of-mouth, which means some very long B.O. 
legs, and is poised to do easily $100
domestically. What it does beyond that is anyone’s guess.

If that happens, it would make Lee Daniels the first African-American
director in a while who’s made a film that has reached the golden $100 million milestone

Which made me wonder, what other African American
directors have done that? First one who comes to mind is Tim Story, for sure. Antoine
Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen
did just a shade under $99 million, so let’s cut him a little slack and say he did.

Poitier’s 1980
comedy Stir
with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder made $101 million, which, back in 1980, was a staggering amount and an
extremely rare achievement.  And if you
adjust that in  2013 dollars, that would
be an unbelievable $307 million

What other AA directors can you name? I know there must
be others. It’s just too early in the morning to think of some right now. Help
me out.

And I know who you’re thinking of…. Tyler Perry,  but nope. The
closest he’s ever gotten was $90.5
for 2009’s Medea’s Goes To
. Close, but no cigar, and he’s never remotely come that close before or

The Twilight/Hunger
wanna-be, The Mortal Instruments:
City of Bones
, pretty much tanked, while  Edgar
Wright’s The World’s End
did solid business, puling in $9 million on just only 1500
, which means Focus Features should have had more confidence in
the film and opened it up wider.

the Millers
has become a genuine summer sleeper, despite
predictions from B.O. analysts that it would be a flop. It is going to easily sail past $100 million and go well beyond that.

Meanwhile, the horror/slasher film You’re Next, which was thought to be The Butler’s major competitor
this weekend, underperformed, coming in seventh.

1) Lee Daniels’ The Butler Wein. $17,018,000 Total: $52,275,000 
2) We’re the Millers WB $13,500,000  Total: $91,740,000 
3) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones SGem $9,300,000 Total: $14,051,000 
4) The World’s End Focus $8,942,000 
5) Planes BV $8,567,000 Total: $59,591,000 
6) Elysium TriS $7,100,000 Total: $69,054,000 
7) You’re Next LGF $7,050,000 
8) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Fox $5,200,000 Total: $48,346,000  
9) Blue Jasmine SPC $4,300,000 Total:  $14,799,000 
10) Kick-Ass 2 Uni. $4,270,000 Total: $22,423,000 
11) 2 Guns Uni. $3,387,000 Total: $65,382,000 
12) Jobs ORF $3,001,000 Total: $12,144,000 

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TWO posters beneath my post just pointed out how ERRONEOUS your argument for Black Directors grossing more than 100 million.

It is obvious. There are NO REAL FACTS to be gleaned from the writers of this blog. Only social media type stuff.

Cheap shit.


Spike Lee did $179 mil with Inside Man


John Singleton with 2Fast 2 Furious.


I think Closed Circuit is the only movie opening wide next week. It looks to me like a suspense thriller cross between Paranoia and Eagle Eye.

The Butler should do well this weekend as well and then the foreign release begins.

Reginald Hudlin's Boomerang earned $131 million worldwide.


In addition to the strong box office numbers I believe what's also an important piece of Tambay's post is how this particular film has now catapulted Daniels' into a different category as a director. The word of mouth, huge publicity push, solid story and writing by Danny Strong, along with a strong ensemble cast, AND all of the articles, documentary video, and the book, all help to make this the must-see movie, as the summer comes to a close.

I think the average moviegoer will take a closer at Daniels' next project. He's now no longer, solely, viewed as an indie filmmaker. He's crossed into the big-time — and moreso than any of the other, recent, directors that Tambay mentions whose films grossed $90 million or more — in terms of audiences now being able to associate a film with a director (ala Spielberg, Howard, Cameron).

And, if Oprah wants to produce or star-in, another film, in the next few years, with the right project that could only help her brand as well.

Additionally, Forest Whitaker's resume has been helped, tremendously, by this film. There's no denying that his acting was on point. I'm calling it right now, both he, and Oprah, will get lead actor/actress nods for their portrayals. Forest had fallen off the radar for many of us. Honestly, the last performance of his that I saw, which was memorable is "The Crying Game." … And I don't even have a memory of him winning the Oscar for "The King of Scotland." I didn't see the movie as it held no interest for me.

Teofilo Colon Jr

How could you forget the $157 million that the comedy SCARY MOVIE did? It was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and that was pretty big news as I recall when it was released in 2000.

Teofilo Colon Jr.

Teofilo Colon Jr

How could you forget the $157 million that the comedy SCARY MOVIE did? It was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and that was pretty big news as I recall when it was released in 2000.

Teofilo Colon Jr.

arnold drummond

The Italian Job/F. Gary Gray did $100 million, right??


And still the movie is weak…

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