Squeezed Out

Whitaker ButlerWow. Lee Daniels’ The Butler managed to keep a hold on first place for its second weekend, staying well ahead of the competition with a $17 million gross. We’re the Millers came closest to threatening it, bringing in $13.5 million to retain its perpetual second-place status for another week.

What’s more surprising is that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones limped into third with $9.3 million just ahead of The World’s End, which opened in fourth place with $8.9 million.

Variety has a good take on The World’s End‘s opening numbers — which, though modest for a mainstream, are pretty damn great for an Edgar Wright movie — but there’s no good spin on how The Mortal Instruments fared.

Even if you factor in the five-day take for The Mortal Instruments, it’s still struggling; from its Wednesday opening, the movie pulled in $14.1 million, which still doesn’t come close to dethroning The Butler, since Daniels’ film would have pulled in a few more million on Wednesday and Thursday as well.

Sorry, Clary. The people have spoken.

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