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Weekend B.O. Sept.6-8 (‘The Butler’ Dethroned)

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by Sergio
September 8, 2013 12:05 PM
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Well it had to happen eventually.

After three weekends in a row as the No.1 film in the country, the first film ever to do that in 2013, Lee Daniel’s The Butler relinquished its box office throne to Riddick.

The Vin Diesel starrer grossed $18 million while The Butler came in second place with $8.9 million steadily climbing to $100 million.

And the success of Riddick was in large part due to brothers. As Variety reported a few days ago: “Universal says “Riddick” is tracking strongly with Latino and African-American men”. And that’s music to my ears.

Brothers aren’t being served. We must demand more films for us. C’mon let’s be real here. Brothers would rather slit their throats than see Baggage Claim or The Best Man Goes on a Holiday or whatever that thing is going to be called. We want action, blood, gore and acres of female nudity. Too many films geared towards women and comic book geeks. Where are all the R rated action movies that we were raised on?  Can I get an Amen?

One Direction’s concert film This Is Us took a huge drop, while the Spanish language comedy film Instructions Not Included has definitely become a late summer sleeper hit.

And in case you’ve been wondering, Fruitvale Station has grossed, to date, $15,768,000

1) Riddick Uni. $18,673,000 
2) Lee Daniels' The Butler Wein. $8,900,000 Total: $91,901,000 
3) Instructions Not Included LGF $8,100,000 Total: $20,312,000 
4) We're the Millers WB $7,925,000 Total: $123,844,000 
5) Planes BV $4,274,000 Total: $79,279,000 
6) One Direction: This is Us TriS $4,100,000 Total: $23,991,000 
7) Elysium TriS $3,100,000 Total: $85,077,000 
8) Blue Jasmine SPC $2,688,000 Total: $25,449,000 
9) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Fox $2,500,000 Total: $59,848,000 
10) The World's End Focus $2,302,000 Total: $21,737,000 
11) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones SGem $2,200,000 Total: $27,844,000

12) Getaway  WB $2,185,000 Total: $8,674,000 

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  • Savagedarky | September 8, 2013 8:12 PMReply

    I'm still perplexed at why I should care how much money a film has made? I don't get to use any of that money! It's like hearing some hot chick talk about how good the sex was with some guy she screwed once. Unless I'm about to get a chance to dip in that pie WTF do I care? That's why I honestly don't give a damn past a hurray regarding professional sports! I might just as we'll root for some corporate quarterly gains of a company I'm not invested in! If I ain't bustin' MY nut, what's in it for me?

  • Accidental Visitor | September 8, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    And some of us don't care about Riddick, Baggage Claim or Best Man's Holiday whatchamacallit. But that's okay. We all don't have to like the same things.

    Finally caught "The Butler". Wow. Lee Daniels directed that with the subtlety of a speeding mack truck. What should have been a fantastic portrayal of a normal family man who just so happen to have a fascinating job that gave him a unique view of and into society, became a so-so, over-wrought drama with a few moments of brilliance sprinkled in between. This film almost lost me in the first five minutes when just a few seconds after Gaines' father warned his son that "the cliche "it's the white man's world" talk (shouldn't the kid know that by then), Gaines' mom gets raped, his daddy gets shot and killed and the madame of the plantation peppers him with "nigga" addresses as she "kindly" elevates him to house negro level. WTF. You read the interviews with Daniels and he suggests that he couldn't get the point across about how bad things were without adding these traumatic elements to the life story of Eugene Allen, whom this movie was inspired by. I disagree because I think the environment itself was harsh enough, no need to pile on. But if you are to pile on why cram it all into the first five minutes before the audience gets a chance to breathe? I wish in retrospect that a white director like Spileberg had directed the film. That would have led to more of a focus on the White House end of things but, hey, that was the most interesting part of the film to me. Particularly the amusing nteraction amongst all the members of the house staff. The family dynamics at home on the other hand felt forced, stale and predictable. It was as if Lee and the writer lifted the material from "All in the Family".

    The movie consistently insulted the audience's intelligence. Not just with the creation of a Forrest Gump son who seemed to have participated in every major civil rights moment as well as signed up for every civil rights organization, but with little things such as references to certain landmark events. One example was the scene in which Oprah's character not only brought up Emmit Till who died two years earlier but managed to break down into details what had happened to Till. Damn. Wouldn't her fictional family already know the details, Mr. Daniels? Trust your audience rather than spoonfeeding us unnecessary info.

    Many problems with the film. Still I'm happy for its box office success because of what it could mean for black films in general. Disappointed for what it means regarding quality. Bring on 12 Years already. I am going to guess there is going to be a minor schism amongst many casual black moviegoers between supporting Butler or 12 Years during awards season. I am going to guess some from the former group will accuse 12 Years of being a movie made by foreigners trying to tell a story about that slavery buisness that African Americans are sick and tired of revisiting blah, blah, blah. If so I'm pretty sure I'll be on Team 12 Years.

  • Cherish | September 8, 2013 3:56 PMReply

    Question: Why is this movie appealing more to African American (and Latino) men than White men? I assume that men in general, regardless of their race, want "action, blood, gore and acres of female nudity" and those R rated movies you were raised on. Don't White men want to see this too?

  • Accidental Visitor | September 8, 2013 5:22 PM

    Here's a theory. White men have more and better options. There are a lot more films in various genres that appeal to them because they are made by them and aimed at them in advertisements. Plus they have already had a whole summer of big loud blockbusters in which white male characters save the world and all that other good stuff. Thus I think they've had their fill. The Riddick franchise however has a strong loyalty amongst black and Hispanic communities....for some reason.

  • Davey D. | September 8, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Now Sergio, you knew you would offend all these "men" who love rom-coms and who keep their testicles in their women's purse. Get them some kleenex. lol

  • ALM | September 8, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Amari just said what I was about to type. There is definitely a market for "The Best Man Holiday" among men. People have different tastes. This goes back to the "African Americans are not a monolith" conversation.

    I am the type of woman who will see both "The Best Man Holiday" and "Riddick" in theaters.

  • CareyCarey | September 8, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    Sergio, you crazy... and you crack me up! Keep doing what you do because I like that in you.

    Sometimes we get a little too serious around here.

  • Amari | September 8, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    Last I checked, I was a brother and I want to see, and even pay to see, Best Man Holiday. Riddick on the other hand, I wouldn't watch even if someone got me a blu-ray quality bootleg of.

  • Sergio | September 8, 2013 4:02 PM

    Wait! You have to check if you're a brother ?

    Hey don't blame me. You walked straight into that one. You practically begged me

  • Um No | September 8, 2013 3:38 PM

    that's because you're a bitch.

  • artbizzy | September 8, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    C'mon Bruhvahs, if this does not inspire you to pen (with your knuckles of course) a screenplay for "How To Think Like A Caveman" I'm not sure what will...

  • Bforreal | September 8, 2013 1:39 PMReply

    Well, if that's what "brothers" want (blood, gore, and "acres of female nudity"), then whatever. Thanks for reminding me why I (as a black woman) date women and rarely men. Not that I like these equally sexist romantic comedies and comic book films, but the types of films you described, that you claim appeal to black and latino males, are just beyond redemption. Just saying. Oh, and yeah: what Kool said, I concur.

  • Bforreal | September 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Carl, only someone as low-rent as you would need to resort to calling random commenters "bitches." Low rent and low class, indeed. That's all I have to say. Here endeth the conversation, bro. *no, I will not dignify any further comment from you with a response*

  • Carl | September 8, 2013 3:38 PM

    Oh so we need to check with lesbians on what movies we (men) should like. Bitch please.

  • sergio | September 8, 2013 2:10 PM

    "Thanks for reminding me why I (as a black woman) date women and rarely men."

    Yeah baby! Girl-girl action! NOW we're talking!

  • Kool | September 8, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    How misogynistic of you, Sergio.

  • Carl | September 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    Pull the panties out of your delicate ass.

  • Antonio | September 8, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    I'm a animal driven by sexual urges and blood lust, it's final time for all brothers to admit this. BOOOOOOOBS

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