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Forest Whitaker appears in a scene from Lee Daniels 2013 movie The Butler. - Provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company

'The Butler' tops box office for second week with $17 million

08/25/2013 by Joseph Apodaca

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" topped the weekend's box office for the second week in a row.

The political drama, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million the weekend of Aug. 23, according to the Associated Press. The film opened last weekend with $24.6 million in revenue and its domestic total now stands at $52.3 million.

"The Butler" is inspired by the real-life account of a former White House butler and boasts an all-star cast, including Whitaker, Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Robin Williams and Jane Fonda among many others.

The Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis comedy "We're The Millers" held strong in its third week of release, taking in $13.5 million over the weekend. The R-rated comedy has so far earned $91.7 million domestically since its release on Aug. 7. Aniston and Sudeikis spoke about the filming of the movie to OTRC.com earlier this month.

Despite a strong teen following of the successful book series, audiences failed to flock to theaters to see "The Mortal instruments: City of Bones," which took in a lackluster $9.3 million. The film stars Lily Collins as a teenager who discovers she has powers. Collins spoke to OTRC.com at the film's Los Angeles premiere earlier this month.

The Simon Pegg drinking comedy "The World's End" came in fourth place at the box office, taking in $8.9 million over the weekend. Pegg spoke to OTRC.com about the film and its connection to his other films, "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," at its Los Angeles premiere.

Rounding out the top five is Disney's animated film "Planes," taking in $8.6 million over the weekend. Its stars, Teri Hatcher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, spoke to OTRC.com about what it meant for them to be a part of a Disney animated film earlier this month.

Check out the trailer for "The Butler" below.

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