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THE BUTLER becomes first film of 2013 to win at box office for three consecutive weeks

Lee Daniels’ The Butler came out on top this week with box office of $20 million, making it the first film of 2013 to win the box office battle for three consecutive weekends as Hollywood rings out a record summer and Labor Day Weekend:

The Butler grossed $20 million for the four-day holiday, pushing its domestic total to a $79.3 million. The film’s outstanding run is a testament, at least in part, to Oprah Winfrey’s standing.

Winfrey stars opposite Forest Whitaker, who plays a White House Butler working through eight presidential administrations. The film — a likely awards contender — is certain to gross north of $100 million.

“The audience continues to broaden out and get younger,” says TWC distribution chief Erik Lomis.

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