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Despite the arrival of three newcomers, Lee Daniels’ The Butler stayed atop its box office perch quite easily on Friday. The $30 million Weinstein drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey fell 43 percent from its first Friday to $4.8 million, which puts it on track for a great $17 million second weekend. The Butler‘s total will have climbed to about $52 million by Sunday night.
We’re the Millers held up even better on its third Friday. The film dropped only 26 percent to $4 million, which should yield a $14 million weekend and an excellent $92 million total. The Warner Bros. million comedy, which cost $37 million, is set to become Jennifer Aniston’s sixth $100 million hit.
The next three spots on the chart belonged to the three new releases, none of which are lighting up the box office. The World’s End fared best, scoring $3.5 million from 1,549 theaters on Friday, and it may take in about $9 million over the full weekend. The British import will easily outdo the debuts of its two wacky predecessors, 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz, which opened with $3.3 million and $5.8 million, respectively.
In fourth place, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones continued its march to the same YA-graveyard as Beautiful Creatures and The Host. The $60 million fantasy film conjured $3.1 million on Friday, which sets it up for an awful $9.3 million weekend and only $14 million over its five-day debut. At least that was better than You’re Next, which rounded out the Top 5 with $3 million on Friday. The R-rated horror film, which earned reviews on par with July’s The Conjuring, may slash up about $8 million this weekend.
1. The Butler – $4.8 million
2. We’re the Millers – $4.0 million
3. The World’s End – $3.5 million
4. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – $3.1 million
5. You’re Next – $3.0 million
Down in tenth place, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine seems to have expanded too quickly. After a few robust weeks in limited release (last weekend, in its fourth frame, Jasmine scored $2.3 million from 229 theaters thanks to a terrific $10,005 theater average), Sony Pictures Classics expanded the film into 1,237 theaters. But on Friday, Blue Jasmine took in just $1.2 million, putting it on pace for a $3.6 million frame. Most analysts were expecting about $6 million from the film this weekend, but it seems many potential viewers weren’t aware it was hitting their local cinema.
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.
After a full week atop the chart, The Butler should serve a second helping of box office dollars this weekend. Although three new movies are entering the fray (and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is getting a wide expansion), the summer movie season is waning. Kids are back in school, families are back from vacation, and consumers are saving their movie-going budgets for glossy fall releases. Typically, studios dump their worst fare in the late August-September box office dead zone, but two of this weekend’s releases, You’re Next and The World’s End, have earned some of the best reviews of the year. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to drive them to big box office success.
Here’s how the weekend might play out:
1. The Butler – $16 million
Thanks to excellent word-of-mouth, Oscar buzz, and the lack of any new dramas for a mature audience competing, The Butler should hold up quite well in its second weekend. Over this weekend in 2011, The Help dipped only 23 percent, but The Butler hasn’t generated the groundswell of positive buzz that The Help did, and it may fall by a slightly steeper 35 percent to $16 million, which would yield a $50 million total. Not bad considering the Weinstein film cost just $30 million. READ FULL STORY
Once Oprah Winfrey decided to act in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, playing the wife of Forest Whitaker’s White House servant, she had one primary concern: she didn’t want to embarrass herself. Though she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1985’s The Color Purple and voiced characters in animated films, Winfrey hadn’t starred in a movie since Beloved in 1998.
But the story of Cecil Gaines, a man who was born the son of a poor sharecropper but grew up to work in the White House during a time of great social change in this country, was an opportunity that Winfrey couldn’t pass up, even as she was juggling the massive responsibilities of her media empire. Not only is Gaines — who’s based on the real-life White House butler Eugene Allen — an eyewitness to history, but he represents multiple generations of African-Americans who were maids and butlers and ultimately allowed their children to thrive in other professions — children like Winfrey, who comes from a long line of domestics.
In this exclusive video, Winfrey explains her initial reluctance in playing Gloria Gaines and how Lee Daniels ultimately got her to say yes. Whatever Winfrey’s initial reservations were, Whitaker was won over, saying, “People are going to be blown away by her performance.” READ FULL STORY
An MPAA appeals board confirmed an arbitration ruling prohibiting The Weinstein Company from using the precise title The Butler for its upcoming White House civil-rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. However, the board did leave wiggle room by allowing the word “butler” in potential alternative titles.
Three weeks ago, Warner Bros. had exercised its rights to protect the title, The Butler, which is also a 1916 silent short film that resides in the studio’s archive, via the MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau. The initial July 2 ruling sided with Warner Bros., and penalized TWC $25,000 for every day it continued to promote the film, due Aug. 16, as The Butler. At the time, Harvey Weinstein and TWC’s attorney David Boies protested the ruling, publicly and legally, claiming that there could be no audience confusion between their movie and the 1916 silent movie, and accused Warner Bros. of using the issue as part of a grander negotiation tactic. READ FULL STORY
Why is Warner Bros. really trying to stop The Weinstein Company from calling its upcoming Lee Daniels film The Butler? Harvey Weinstein has a few radical ideas — and naturally, he isn’t afraid to share them.
Weinstein appeared on CBS This Morning today, along with his lawyer David Boies, former senator and current MPAA head Chris Dodd, and veteran constitutional lawyer Floyd Abrams. After complaining that films often share similar titles — “Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have a movie out called [The] Heat. Jason Statham is shooting a movie called Heat. Bob De Niro and Al Pacino made a movie called Heat, and 10 years before that, Burt Reynolds made a movie called Heat” — the mogul posited that Warner must have “ulterior motives” for wanting The Butler to be renamed.
Weinstein’s rival is claiming protective rights to that title because it also belongs to an archival 1916 short film. Though movie titles can’t be copyrighted or trademarked, The Butler was registered with the MPAA’s voluntary Title Registration Bureau, which exists to avoid title conflicts; TWC apparently never cleared its Butler with the bureau. Warner Bros. won the case in arbitration, meaning that TWC must change the movie’s title unless it can win an appeal.
But according to Weinstein and Boies, there’s something more sinister going on here. On CBS, Boies accused Warner Bros. of trying to restrict competition from his client’s “important civil rights movie.” Weinstein went a step further, calling Warner Bros.’s actions “unjust” and “a bullying tactic.” He also claimed that the rival studio offered to cut him a shady deal: “I was asked by two executives at Warner Bros, which I’m happy to testify, that if I gave them the rights back to ‘The Hobbit’ they would drop the claim.”
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Editor’s note: Variety reports that Warner Bros. won in arbitration and the Weinstein Company will need to choose a new title for “The Butler.”
It seems once you have a good Butler, you just don’t want to let him go.
The Weinstein Company’s upcoming movie The Butler, which stars Forest Whitaker as the African-American servant who worked in the White House for more than 40 years, has tripped over an industry obstacle on the way to its Aug. 16 release in theaters. As Deadline reported Monday, Warner Bros. is claiming protective rights to the film’s title due to a 1916 silent short film with the same name that resides in its archives, and both sides are heading to arbitration to reach a resolution.
Technically, this isn’t a legal issue, since you can’t typically copyright or trademark a movie title. But the MPAA has a voluntary Title Registration Bureau that the industry uses to self-regulate and avoid title conflicts that might confuse audiences. In this case, it’s unlikely that moviegoers are even aware of the 1916 silent film that Warner Bros. is citing, but TWC apparently never cleared the title.
More than likely, The Butler will be released as The Butler, but there’s a a good chance Warner Bros. will gain something in return via arbitration.
Here’s the trailer for director Lee Daniels’ star-studded movie:
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The Weinstein Company has acquired the domestic distribution rights to Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler.
The picture features Forest Whitaker as the titular butler, who served in the White House for 30 years under the administrations of eight different presidents. The rest of the cast consists of a litany of A-list talent from Hollywood and beyond: Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams.
Casting Net: Emma Stone attached to Cameron Crowe romance. Plus: Russell Brand, Taylor Kitsch, Bill Murray
• Russell Brand is in opening negotiations for Pierre Pierre, an off-color comedy about a French cynic smuggling a stolen painting from Paris to London. Larry Charles (Borat) is attached to direct the script, from first-time writers Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton. [Variety]
• Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson will headline The Grand Seduction, an indie remake of the French Canadian film La Grand Seduction about a resident of a small, economically-imperiled Canadian village (Gleeson) who enlists his town to help convince a visiting doctor (Kitsch) to move in for good. Actor and filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night) will direct from a script by Michael Dowse (Goon) and Ken Scott (who also penned the original film). [Deadline]
• True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis will play civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ star-studded biopic of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who worked at the White House over the course of eight presidential administrations. Ellis joins (deep breath) Robin Williams, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Melissa Leo, Minka Kelly, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Alex Pettyfer, and Oprah Winfrey, as Allen’s wife. Daniels wrote the script with Danny Strong (HBO’s Game Change). [Deadline]
• Bill Murray is in preliminary talks to star in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, about an irascible retired war vet (Murray) who befriends a 12-year-old boy whose parents have just divorced. Ted Melfi is attached to direct his screenplay, which was on the 2011 Black List. [Variety]
• The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi will supervise Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, playing the director of the internship program at a major technology company, which Vaughn and Wilson’s characters join to reboot their careers. Shawn Levy is directing from a script written by Vaughn. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Alex Pettyfer to run off with Kristen Stewart in ‘Cali.’ Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti
Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play ‘The Equalizer.’ Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world
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