Friday Box Office: 'Butler' Big, 'Kick-Ass' Doesn't, 'Jobs' Loss and 'Paranoia' Absent

One big, three small

butlerBrief little update as Friday box office numbers are rolling in and Lee Daniels' The Butler is off to a great start with an estimated $8.3 million, which could translate to nearly $25 million for the weekend. Solid receipts will certainly help keep the film in the awards conversation longer than had audiences shown no interest. Of course, the film had award prospects without big box office, but Weinstein and all involved have to to like what they're seeing.

Elsewhere things aren't as rosy as Kick-Ass 2 opened below the 2010 original with $5.8 million, Jobs brought in $2.6m and Paranoia is scratching and clawing to stay in the top ten with $1.3m, barely edging out The Wolverine at $1.28m.

When it comes to the predictions that were placed for the weekend, readers and Laremy went with Kick-Ass 2 at #1 and The Butler in second. Here's a recap of those predictions versus how it looks like things will turn out.

Estimated Results

  • The Butler - $24+ million
  • Kick-Ass 2 - $15.9 million
  • Jobs - $7 million
  • Paranoia - $3.9 million

Laremy's Predictions

  • Kick-Ass 2 - $22.4 million
  • The Butler - $20 million
  • Paranoia - $9.6 million
  • Jobs - $7.5 million

Reader Predictions (Aggregate)

  • Kick-Ass 2 - $23.1 million
  • The Butler - $22.1 million
  • Jobs - $8.4 million
  • Paranoia - $6.9 million

Box Office Mojo has the complete Friday estimates, I'll be back tomorrow morning with a weekend recap.

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  • Hudsucker

    Yes! I predicted The Butler would win.

    • Django

      Me too! I'm glad it's kicking Kick Ass's.....ass. Didn't like the look of it since the first trailer.

  • Eric83

    So did I. But I would never have predicted that "Kick-Ass 2" would place third, which looks like a possibility.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Oh dear, what has gone wrong with Kick Ass 2, the first film had so much energy and good buzz but the sequel just feels tired already.

    • Django

      I think it's because Kick Ass was a very subversive film and it had a very special feel about it. I think people realise that the freshness and innovation of the original cannot be replicated and Matthew Vaughn handing the reins to a relative nobody wasn't very encouraging.

  • Liam Fogarty

    Pretty much screwed the pooch on all of them this week.

  • Alex Thomas

    If Paranoia falls between 3.8 and 4.4, I'll finally get me some points on the board! Cmon! Haha