Two of the most surprising hits of the summer continue their streak as The Butler and We’re The Millers take the top two spots for the second weekend in a row. The summer movie season is officially behind us as schools start to fill up and movie theaters start to empty out. The total gross for the weekend could not break the $100 million barrier for the first time since April, lead by The Butler’s $17 million. This is only a 30% drop from last weekend, bringing the total for the film to an impressive $52 million. We’re The Millers has managed to stay in the top 2 with $13.5 million for a total of $91.7 million. The nine-figure barrier should be reached by next weekend for the R-rated comedy.
Newcomers The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The World’s End took third and fourth place with $9.3 million and $8.9 million. The Mortal Instruments’ weekend take is far from the numbers of Twilight or The Hunger Games and more along the lines of this year’s The Host— making this another young-adult adaptation that failed to turn into a hit franchise. The World’s End is the third film in the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ which has been a critical success in the States, but not so much at the box office. However, the $8 million opening is the largest of the trilogy and should be enough to cover the $20 million budget with international numbers included.
Cars spin-off, Planes rounds out the top 5 with $8.5 million while the final newcomer, You’re Next came in seventh with $7 million. Some would consider this a disappointment since the film was expected to take first over the weekend. However, $7 million is good for a movie that cost less than a million.
Here is the weekend top ten according to estimates:
|2||We’re The Millers||$13.6m||$91.7m|
|3||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||$9.3m||$14m|
|4||The World's End||$8.9m||$8.9m|
|8||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||$5.2m||$48.3m|
|9||Blue Jasmine||$4.3m||$14.7 m|