Blood was spilled at the box-office this weekend.
After all the craziness with the title dispute, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” finally opened and surpassed expectation. Garnering an estimated $25 million over three days, it has essentially recouped its budget on opening weekend.
While it performed well, the three other newcomers this weekend struggled. Universal’s “Kick-Ass 2” opened decidedly soft in fourth place with a mere $13.6 million. The Steve Jobs indie biopic “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher also disappointed, opening to just $6.7 million and seventh place.
The most visible corpse though was the Liam Hemsworth-led thriller “Paranoia” which took just $3.5 million and came in thirteenth place.
Yet existing titles held well. Last week openers “We’re the Millers” fell a mere 33%, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” and “Planes” dropped just 41%, and “Elysium” fell 54%.
“Austenland,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Cutie and the Boxer” had solid, bur far from recording breaking debuts in limited release with screen averages ranging from $7,000-$10,000 each.