‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ opens atop box office

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This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Lee Daniels’ biopic of a White House butler who served eight presidents topped the weekend box office while three other new releases failed to connect with fans.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” features an ensemble cast led by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in her first big-screen appearance since 1998′s “Beloved.”

The superhero caper “Kick-Ass 2,” dramatic thriller “Paranoia” and Steve Jobs biopic “Jobs” also opened Friday but were outpaced by holdovers from the previous week.

The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis comedy, “We’re the Millers,” was the runner-up for the second week in a row, while last week’s top movie, “Elysium,” came in third.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:

1. “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” Weinstein Co., $24,637,312, 2,933 locations, $8,400 average, $24,637,312, one week.

2. “We’re the Millers,” Warner Bros., $17,964,164, 3,325 locations, $5,403 average, $69,697,649, two weeks.

3. “Elysium,” Sony, $13,686,832, 3,284 locations, $4,168 average, $56,001,138, two weeks.

4. “Planes,” Disney, $13,388,534, 3,716 locations, $3,603 average, $45,338,402, two weeks.

5. “Kick-Ass 2,” Universal, $13,332,955, 2,940 locations, $4,535 average, $13,332,955, one week.

6. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Fox, $8,753,723, 3,080 locations, $2,842 average, $39,282,381, two weeks.

7. “Jobs,” Open Road, $6,713,900, 2,381 locations, $2,820 average, $6,713,900, one week.

8. “2 Guns,” Universal, $5,806,850, 2,471 locations, $2,350 average, $59,456,195, three weeks.

9. “The Smurfs 2,” Sony/Columbia, $4,769,626, 2,349 locations, $2,030 average, $57,081,815, three weeks.

10. “The Wolverine,” Fox, $4,518,631, 2,058 locations, $2,196 average, $120,551,787, four weeks.

11. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $3,908,735, 1,818 locations, $2,150 average, $346,114,855, seven weeks.

12. “The Conjuring,” Warner Bros., $3,885,296, 2,001 locations, $1,942 average, $127,838,166, five weeks.

13. “Paranoia,” Relativity Media, $3,528,376, 2,459 locations, $1,435 average, $3,528,376, one week.

14. “Blue Jasmine,” Sony Pictures Classics, $2,291,183, 229 locations, $10,005 average, $9,421,764, four weeks.

15. “Grown Ups 2,” Sony/Columbia, $1,708,266, 1,241 locations, $1,377 average, $127,393,696, six weeks.

16. “Turbo,” Fox, $1,078,888, 759 locations, $1,421 average, $77,658,168, five weeks.

17. “Chennai Express,” Utv, $893,457, 190 locations, $4,702 average, $4,014,657, two weeks.

18. “The Heat,” Fox, $881,561, 691 locations, $1,276 average, $155,473,193, eight weeks.

19. “The Way, Way Back,” Fox Searchlight, $737,363, 457 locations, $1,613 average, $17,850,603, seven weeks.

20. “Pacific Rim,” Warner Bros., $713,141, 444 locations, $1,606 average, $98,389,608, six weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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