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'The Butler' Tops Box Office with $25m
Forest Whitaker stars as Eugene Allenin in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
This weekend at the box office, a superhero comedy, a Steve Jobs
biopic, and a Harrison Ford thriller all got served by a butler. "Lee
Daniels' The Butler," to be exact.
The Weinstein Company's awards-bait drama, which stars Forest Whitaker
and Oprah Winfrey, topped the chart with an excellent $25 million from
2,933 theatres in its first frame. Audiences issued the well-reviewed
picture an enthusiastic "A" CinemaScore grade, which sets it up for a
lucrative box office run as summer draws to a close.
"The Butler" opened in the same range as "The Help," which found $26
million in its first weekend in August 2011. Like that film, "The
Butler" tells a racially charged story that is playing particularly well
with older women.
According to Weinstein, crowds were 60 percent female and 76 percent
above the age of 35. Winfrey's presence no doubt helped lure in many of
those ticket-buyers, as did "The Butler"'s "inspired by a true story"
Time will tell whether the film can match "The Help"'s $169.7 million
total, but given "The Butler"'s low $30 million cost, it doesn't need to
hold particularly well to become a major success. Of course, with its
positive reception and its reputation as the first Oscar contender of
2013, "The Butler" should have no trouble performing at least as well as
42, which ran away with $95 million after a $27.5 million opening
earlier this year. Weinstein may have a true cash cow on its hands.
"We're the Millers" maintained its spot in second place. The
pot-smuggling comedy, which stars Jason Sudiekis and Jennifer Aniston,
fell only 33 percent in its second weekend to $17.8 million and has now
lit up $69.5 million worth of tickets against a trim $37 million budget.
"Millers" is now a lock to surpass $100 million at the domestic box
office, which would make it Sudeikis' second film to reach the milestone
(alongside his previous Aniston team-up, "Horrible Bosses"), and
Last weekend's champ, "Elysium," took a major hit in its sophomore
frame. The $115 million sci-fi film dropped 54 percent — the largest
fall in the top 10 — to $13.6 million, which gives the tepidly received
spectacle a $55.9 million total. Currently, "Elysium" seems headed for
an $85 million to $90 million finish — well below director Neill
Blomkamp's $115.6 million finish for "District 9."
Down in fourth place, Universal's "Kick-Ass 2" stumbled in its opening
weekend with a meagre $13.5 million. That's a big step below the
original "Kick-Ass," which debuted to $19.8 million en route to $48.1
million total in 2010. While that was hardly an eye-popping total,
Universal pushed ahead with a sequel based on "Kick-Ass"' popularity in
geek circles and its strong home video sales. Unfortunately, few people
were very interested in the sequel (including star Jim Carrey, who would
not do any publicity for the R-rated film after deciding he would not
"Kick-Ass 2," which fortunately cost only $28 million, extends the
streak of under-performing sequels that has plagued Hollywood over the
past month. "Red 2," "The Smurfs 2," "The Wolverine," and "Percy
Jackson: Sea of Monsters" have all failed to match their predecessors'
grosses. Audiences were 63 percent male and 58 percent below the age of
25, and they awarded the film a "B+" CinemaScore.
Dfrenz drop New Single from "The Difference EP" title: China Dance
Kamalden Amoo known as DFRENZ is a Lagos born artiste precisely born in
Aj city, he's a full born Nigerian. An afro-pop singer, composer and
an entertainer born on the 29th of April; he hails from Kwara state
(Ilorin) Ologorun family house. He ventured into music when he was 15 yr
old, he loves listening to music such as; high-life, afro-pop, juju
music etc. He record his first single called "China Dance" in early
2015 and he has performed it at several events, a single which was accepted with his equivocal, eloquent and
energetic voicing capacity. DFRENZ is known for his infusion of afro-pop
and inclusion of high life and traditional class of songs, what makes
him different as well unique is his originality and innovative music ideology. DFRENZ
sees music as everything him and he can go extra miles in improving his ability,
he has performed and witnessed numerous events within L…
One trend I’m incredibly excited about is the athleisure trend. Not only is it stylishly comfortable, it’s classy. Interestingly, it has been around for awhile but is currently picking up steam. Girls, though they may try to deny it, have always had the need to dress a little like the guys.
History records that we started wearing heels because the men wore heels. Weird, I know! Whatever the case, we love the athleisure trend and we ain’t sorry or ashamed about that. The athleisure trend is basically wearing a sport wear in a leisurely way. From the sneakers, to joggers and snap backs, there’s no limit to how classy we can mix it all up. It’s so refreshing knowing I can wear my comfy gym clothes to brunch! However, the athleisure trend, like all other trends, has its rules. The gymwear-meets-street-wear can be a bit tricky. Else you may just be looking like bad Pomo on rice. Who doesn’t want to look as fresh as jollof rice?
Kendall Jenner who is the pro in the athleisure trend serves i…
Abuja based entertainer DJ TTB has released new photos. The Cool FM Abuja resident disc jockey released the photos in anticipation of his new track which will be released in the coming weeks.
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