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.