‘The Butler’ Debuts at No. 1 at Weekend Box Office

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By: / August 19, 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler had a big opening week. The film, about a White House butler (played by Forest Whitaker), took in $25 million at the weekend box office.

The film beat out the action sequel Kick-Ass 2, which also debuted Friday and made $14.0M its opening weekend. The Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis-helmed We’re The Millers brought in $17.7M its second week out for a second place finish.

The Butler is the first No. 1 debut for the Weinstein Company since 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. The film’s all-star cast includes Oprah, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, Minka Kelly, Jane Fonda and more. VIBE sat down with the cast and crew of the film who discussed its intensity. Check out the interviews below.