On a very slow late-August weekend, Lee Daniels’ The Butler easily held on to the top spot at the box office. We’re the Millers also continued to play well, while all three new nationwide releases opened to less than $10 million.
Overall, the Top 12 earned $90 million. That’s up nine percent from the same weekend last year, when The Expendables 2 led with a weak $13.4 million.
With good reviews and strong word-of-mouth, The Butler fell 33 percent to $16.5 million. In comparison, The Help dropped 23 percent at the same point in its run two years ago, while 42 dipped 36 percent in its second weekend in April. Through 10 days in theaters, The Butler has earned $51.8 million.
Late Summer comedy hit We’re the Millers eased 27 percent to $13.05 million, which allowed the movie to rank second for the third-straight weekend. It’s now earned $91.3 million, and it will pass $100 million next weekend. Unless something drastic happens—like One Direction: This is Us winds up being a massive hit—We’re the Millers will be the highest-grossing August 2013 release.