'The Butler' cruises to the top of box offices

Actors Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines (left) and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from Lee Daniels's 'The Butler'. (AP)

Actors Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines (left) and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from Lee Daniels's 'The Butler'. (AP)

The US film has topped a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.

The Butler, the story of an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight US presidents, earned $17-million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character opposite Oprah Winfrey as his hard-drinking wife. The Butler also topped movie charts a week ago.

Comedy We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston, again came in second, with $13.5 million.

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on a popular series of young adult novels, took the number three slot, ringing up $9.3-million. The film stars Lily Collins as a teen girl who tries to protect the world from demons.

The Weinstein Company distributed The Butler. Sony's movie studio released Mortal Instruments. Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner, distributed We're the Millers. – Reuters

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