Oprah's 'Butler' cleans up with $25 million at box office

August 19, 2013 7:08 AM

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Oprah's 'Butler' cleans up with $25 million at box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, surpassed expectations and easily won the weekend box office battle, debuting with $25 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales through Sunday.

Jennifer Aniston comedy "We're the Millers" finished in the No. 2 slot, earning $17.8 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates. Last weekend's box office leader, Matt Damon sci-fi thriller "Elysium," fell to third place with $13.6 million.

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