Lee Daniels' civil rights chronicle The Butler easily topped the weekend box office, blowing away superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2 and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. The film pulled in $25 million, nearly twice that of the Kick-Ass sequel, which amassed a dismal $13.5 mil for a fourth-place finish behind last week's debuts We're the Millers and Elysium, which added $17.7 million and $13.6 million to their 10-day totals, respectively.
Disney's Planes rounded out the top five with $13.1 million in its second week of release.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters finished in sixth with $8.3 million; while "Jobs" opened to a weak $6.7 million, perhaps settling the Apple vs PC debate once and for all.
2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, both in their third week of release, finished 8th and 9th, pulling in $5.5 mil and $4.6 mil, respectively; while The Wolverine finally saw green after four weeks with $4.4 million in ticket sales to see a profit of $458,000 on its $120 million budget.
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Liam Hemsworth failed to pull garner any interest in this week's fourth wide-release, dramatic thriller Paranoia, which only landed $3.5 million in ticket sales. It was the worst ever opening for a film starring Ford.
Opening this week (Aug. 23): The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The World's End, You're Next, and The Grandmaster